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DLnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-11 08:25 PM
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15. Finally found a link to the announcement
http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E...

(it's under IARC, not under WHO)

Sorry, my tone seems a bit snide. I just think it's important to look at the evidence, not decide (either way) based on personal 'hunches'.

From the actual announcement:

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Results
The evidence was reviewed critically, and overall evaluated as being limited(2) among users of
wireless telephones for glioma and acoustic neuroma, and inadequate(3) to draw conclusions for other types of cancers. The evidence from the occupational and environmental exposures
mentioned above was similarly judged inadequate. The Working Group did not quantitate the
risk; however, one study of past cell phone use (up to the year 2004), showed a 40% increased
risk for gliomas in the highest category of heavy users (reported average: 30 minutes per day
over a 10‐year period).

Conclusions
Dr Jonathan Samet (University of Southern California, USA), overall Chairman of the Working
Group, indicated that "the evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a
conclusion and the 2B classification. The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and
therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk."

"Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings," said IARC
Director Christopher Wild, "it is important that additional research be conducted into the long‐
term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important
to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands‐free devices or texting. "
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