World Health Org. Warns Of Cell Phone Cancer Risk

There have been studies linking cell phones to cancer, but when the World Health Organization speaks, many listen.

On Tuesday, the WHO has concluded cell phones could pose a possible cancer risk. With an estimated five billion users worldwide, are they safe? CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman has the story.

It rings, you answer. It’s there, you dial.

“It’s definitely something I need,” said cell phone user Celi Esquivel.

She and everyone else. Stand on any city corner, and you see cell phone user, after user, after user.

“I talk all day….on the cell phone,” said Aisha Polk.

With all that talking, experts say she might be putting herself at a possible increased risk. An arm of the World Health Organization says the electromagnetic waves from cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents. There have been other studies, begging the question: How is this finding significant?

Dr Richard Byrne from Rush University Medical Center said, “This is the first time any major reporting agency has stated cell phones could be related to a form of cancer.”

That form is malignant glioma, the most common type of primary brain tumor. The potential link has Lumina Ispas re-thinking chat habits.

“I want to make sure the kids will be healthy, and I’ll be around to raise them,” said Ispas, “We’ll probably go back to a home phone.”

But the neurosurgeon we met isn’t hanging up his cell.

“My prescription for the masses is it’s ok to use your cell phone,” said Dr. Byrne, “It is worth keeping your eye on further studies, but to abandon cell phones over such a limited possible link, would not be reasonable.”

He says if you want to take precautions, use the cell phone less, or use an earpiece. It keeps the phone away from your head.

  • Patrick Carroll

    My daughter had a tunor removed from her neck behind her ear.Her doctor at loyota beleaved it was due to cell phone use.If it had not been cought when it was found she would have died.He highly recomonds blue tooth to keep the cell phone away from your face and head.My daughter now has no movement on the left side of her face,Due to having the nerve removed form neck where the tumor was.a nerve from her arm has been put in place but will take years to connect if at all.The doc also said he is seeing a lot of these cases and belived cell phone use is to be blamed.

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  • Eileen

    Back in the early 1990s, I worked at a MRI Facility with very experienced co-workers who literally stopped using their cell phones based on the type and, specific, LOCATION of the tumors they were beginning to see. Apparently, it was thought to be somewhat rare for a tumor to show up above and behind the EAR or even in and around the male beltline. From that point on, I recall reading everything I could possibly find on the subject and from what I could gather…. absolutley NO research was allowed or conducted in the US . Why… because the Communications Industry was pretty much headquartered here inthe US and any type of research would prohibilt serious profits. Instead, the Communications Industry began changing the locaition of the cell phone antenna which was placed farther away from the brain.

    Of interest, at that time, there was actually one (1) current research study that was performed by a small country in Europe and financed by it’s government (limited research bias). This particular European study was used in a US lawsuit case brought forth by a physician in an effort support his claim that his brain tumor was the caused by his consistent cell phone use. Unfortunately, the physician eventually lost his legal battle and, soon thereafter, his own life. Sadly, the physician’s legal opposition included testimony from the entire US Communications Industry and well, how could he possibly have won when he was up against an entire US Corporate Industry.

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