WHO: Cellphones may cause cancer

2011-05-31 22:28

London - An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies on the matter.

The statement was issued in Lyon, France on Tuesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer - the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation. The assessment by the cancer panel now goes to WHO and national health agencies for possible guidance on cellphone use.

In 2010, results of a large study found no clear link between cellphones and cancer.

But some advocacy groups contend the study raised serious concerns because it showed a hint of a possible link between very heavy phone use and a rare but often deadly form of brain tumour. However, the numbers in that subgroup weren't sufficient to make the case.

  • LUFC - 2011-05-31 22:58

    So its... "possible".... but last year not sufficient enough. At least the headline was 100% clear haha. Well played News24.. useless article though. haha.

  • peaceonearth - 2011-05-31 23:45

    Not nice. I actually can say, without a doubt that News24 have excellent, articles and are in fact, on the ball. I check international headlines on a regular basis and News24 is often the first source of info. To be fair, one often finds rather bad use of the english language and one wonders how some articles actually made it to print stage due to the obvious awful english grammer or comprehension etc. Total lack of command of the language, this being said, News24 are really doing a good job and offer a wide variety of information. All round - "Great job News24"

      Desire - 2011-06-01 09:08


      gustav.swanepoel1 - 2011-06-01 10:09

      It's Africa...

  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-06-01 02:56

    Everybody gotta die sometime - Sgt Barnes, Platoon.

      Creeky - 2011-06-01 07:56

      Yep.... comforting thought eh!

      buzz - 2011-06-01 13:18


  • majordad.007 - 2011-06-01 06:00

    Check any military manual. Maintain spacing from antennae due to emf while transmitting. Even on a small device the prolonged exposure must have some influence even if the sample group is too small to meet stats requirements.

  • Krolie - 2011-06-01 06:34

    In Afrikaans they say: "Waar daar 'n rokie is, is 'n vuurtjie". One should take note of these things and not just pooh pooh it. For all we know they are right, and by the time we really take note it is too late. I am not saying don't use your cellphone. Just be careful and don't use it as your only source of communication.

  • Killroy2011 - 2011-06-01 07:12

    give Malema a bigger phone. No give him Three Phones

      Normaldude - 2011-06-01 07:49

      Lol Malema cannot get Brain Cancer , You need a brain to get da cancer

  • Peter - 2011-06-01 07:31

    Somebody is too scared to stand fairly and squarely on the truth...any device that emits radiation encourages the formation of cancer.

      rob4e - 2011-06-01 13:04

      Then I have bad news for you buddy, radio waves are passing through your head right now.

      Peter - 2011-06-01 14:23

      Rob4e, of course radio waves are passing through my head right now. And so is every other wave generated by man. Which is why cancer and other illnesses are proliferating so.

      Stuart - 2011-06-01 15:30

      Radio waves do pass through us, both from natural and artificial sources. What people fail to realize is that radio waves are much lower energy than cell phone waves, because cell phones operate on the microwave side of the radio wave portion of the spectrum, meaning that they are higher energy. Higher energy means faster attenuation because of higher ionization potential when in contact with matter e.g. your brain. Higher ionization potential = higher risk of DNA damage and thus cancer. So, radio waves will do less damage statistically.

      JesusChrist - 2011-06-01 21:55

      @Peter. It's all well and good making a statement like that but if you could back it up with FACT (any reference will do) and not emotive conjecture then maybe some people would take you seriously. Thanks One other point.. //any device that emits radiation encourages the formation of cancer// Ok, so let me get this straight. Standing next to, say, an oil heater (which emits thermal radiation) will induce cancer? And taking this a step further, would standing next to another human being (seeing as we emit thermal raditation) also induce cancer? Am I on the right track here or have I missed something? I ask because that is bullsh@t of the highest order and fear mongering of the worst kind.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-01 23:45

      Dude, the sun regularly emits vast amounts of radiation. Do you hide away in your home the whole day for fear of cancer? I hope not. Basically EVERYTHING has been pointed out in the last 2 decades as being able to cause cancer, or "MAY" cause cancer. Friggin hell, even HUMANS give off minute amounts of radioactivity. Do you avoid intercourse because it might affect your genitals?

  • Zakhele - 2011-06-01 08:52

    I said it in 1999. The damn thing retards the brain. Makes you think slow.

  • Infinion - 2011-06-01 08:57

    The sun emits dangerous radiation all day but we live with it!

  • lol1 - 2011-06-01 09:47

    What the hell

  • Anton - 2011-06-01 10:12

    Radio waves does not cause cancer and it never will. Why can't we put this thing to bed.

      eagle - 2011-06-01 15:11

      @Anton - Sorry, but you are terrible wrong. In the northen part of Norway, close to the Russian border, was (and maybe still is) a very powerfull early warning radar system. A study found that people living in that area had a much higher rate of cancer than in the rest of Norway. The higher the frequency and the more powerfull the transmission is the more dangerous it is. Read any worthwhile military manual on the use of radio and radar equipment. I know, because I was trained in it.

  • Tbot - 2011-06-01 10:46

    Scientists and ecominomist are best liars and they wont admit if they are wrong, will say still investigating and testing. Scientists gone and find a cure for cancer and HIV diseasesv and leave us alone with the technolgy and by the way anything in this world you use has got side effects even the Open toilets. lol

  • R Daniels - 2011-06-01 10:58

    No surprise there. I wonder how much the telecomm industry is gonna spend on "buying" a large sample study refuting this. They are right up there with the pharmaceutical, alcohol, mining and tobacco scumbags.

  • Jazz - 2011-06-01 12:27

    The only people with enough money to fund a large study would be the cell companies themselves. They probably already have.

  • rob4e - 2011-06-01 13:01

    This is pathetic, lets just speculate about everything then. Oh by the way guys I'm actually Osama Bin Laden and I was the first man on the moon.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-01 23:47

      You're a zombie?

  • Ntebo More - 2011-06-08 09:37

    So that's why Blondes think backwards hhhhmmmm

  • handicap - 2011-06-08 11:43

    Intereting though, that cell phones come with a health warning to people under the age of 13 in the UK -I wonder if young brains are more susceptible to cancer than oler ones?

  • TheUgly - 2011-06-21 13:00

    Place 5 celphones nexst to some popcorn and see what happens. Go check this out on youtube.

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