HTC rubbishes WHO cancer report

2011-06-02 12:54

Taipei - Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC on Thursday labelled as "inconclusive" a World Health Organisation study that said mobile phone users may be at increased risk of brain cancer.

"While the current WHO research results are inconclusive, we continue to actively monitor for new research in this area," the company said in a statement.

"HTC is committed to providing a quality product and we follow governmental guidelines and regulations pertaining to phone safety."

The statement came after the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced on Tuesday that radio-frequency electromagnetic fields generated by wireless devices are "possibly carcinogenic to humans".

  • DSJM - 2011-06-02 13:47

    Didn't all the tobacco companies do the same?

  • Victor - 2011-06-02 13:51

    Think I have a higher risk with food in the shops than with phones. All the chemicals that goes into food.

  • Gandalf - 2011-06-02 13:54

    Who chooses these headlines?! Where is the 'rubbishing'? Jeepers, News24, try factual reporting instead of using Heat magazine blurbs.

  • brok3news - 2011-06-02 13:58

    Just like tobacco companies denied a cancer link before?

  • darkwing - 2011-06-02 14:20

    Ever since people started using mobile phones on the road, they have gone brain dead. Must be brain cancer.

  • Rocky_III - 2011-06-02 15:18

    I always love the wording on these reports. "May increase brain cancer". Talking on a cellphine MAY increase the chance of you being ridden over by a bus. Reports like this are garbage.

  • Rover_ZA - 2011-06-02 16:25

    I thought the WHO themselves had said the numbers affected were too small to be conclusive, isn't HTC actually agreeing with them or is the part where the disagree conveniently not here? News24 up your game!

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  • Bernard du Randt - 2011-06-02 16:42

    I don't know about the reports of cancer on the brain, but I do know that using your cell to much could result in ear cancer or hearing damage. But I will say this, I believe WHO should have waited until they had firm grounds to stand on before saying cellphones is "possibly carcinogenic to humans". Now they will have cellphone companies tearing them apart before they ever finish their studies. Quite Frankly. Telling people these things is also pointless. Most people will still continue to use their phone. Same happened with cigarettes.

  • Markusman - 2011-06-02 17:25

    I find it hard to believe that all the electromagnetic waves drifting around us from EVERYONE's cellphone, wireless networks, leaky microwaves, tv and maybe even good old fashioned radio isnt doing us SOME harm. Remember when this argument came up a few years ago and cell companies did the same thing and sent scientists away to do more research? repeat? If I hypothetically lie on top of my phone and download a movie via HSDPA etc, it must be messing with me somehow. (frying some cellular membrane or cooking my cytoplasm etc) p.s. If this article is true, and I keep my phone in my pocket, am I at increased risk of ball cancer?

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