Cell phones have been rumored to cause cancer for years now, but there’s not yet been a study substantial enough to support that claim.
A statement on Tuesday from the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that wireless phone use may be carcinogenic to humans. The agency puts cell phones in its “possibly carcinogenic” category 2B, which also contains the pesticide DDT and gasoline engine exhaust.
The new study says that the same goes for microwaves and radar, all of which use a type of electromagnetic radiation that the agency says may be linked to an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer.
The finding follows a week-long meeting of cancer experts in Lyon, France. The agency that conducted the study is a branch of the World Health Organization and the study has now been sent on to the WHO and other national health agencies for further review.
Many previous studies on cell phones and cancer have met with controversy.
An estimated 5 billion people have cell phone subscriptions.
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