Good news! Cellphones don’t cause cancer. Probably

There is no convincing evidence that cellphone use poses a threat to human health, according to an extensive review of scientific evidence released Thursday.

A team of scientists with the UK’s Health Protection Agency analyzed hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies on the impacts low-level exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (produced by cellphones and other wireless devices) on humans, animals and cells.

The 348-page review found no “conclusive” evidence that cellphone use causes cancer, infertility or a threat to brain function.

“Overall, the results of studies have not demonstrated that the use of mobile phones causes brain tumours or any other type of cancer,” the group said. “The evidence suggests that radio frequency field exposure below guideline levels does not cause symptoms in humans.”

Toronto Star

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2 responses to “Good news! Cellphones don’t cause cancer. Probably

  1. Westchester Bill

    Microwaves used by cell phones can not change chemistry and can not have any biological effect. How can “scientists” waste so much in studying something that is impossible. Radio and TV signals pass through our brains constantly.

  2. I would agree with the statement that “microwaves … can not change chemistry and can not have any biological effect.” In fact, I wish that those who point out the improbability of man-made electromagnetism causing cancers would point to this, and only this argument. I believe it weakens the argument to state “Studies have shown … ” Because the obvious response of an ‘opponent’ would be “Well, mobile phones (‘cellphones’ in US English) have only been widely used for a couple of decades. Think of how long it takes for the effects of tobacco/asbestos exposure to become evident in the smoker/construction worker! Think of how many decades it took for it to become accepted that tobacco/asbestos exposure causes lung cancer!”

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