The World Health Organization released an announcement today linking cell phone use to a possible increased risk for glioma, a malignant brain cancer. Possibly more significant is evidence that low level cell phone radiation may increase the risk of damage to brain tissue (in the same way that microwaves cook meat), resulting in impairment of some neurological functions.
The mobile phone industry is certain to reject WHO’s findings due to their overwhelming financial interest in having the link not be credible. There are sure to be claims and counter-claims in the coming years over the interpretation of the statistical data WHO used to reach their conclusions, and there will undoubtedly be political debates over the question of regulation of cell phones from a public health standpoint. The WHO press release can be found at this link: WHO cell phone cancer risk.
While the WHO study does not claim proof of a cause – effect relationship between cell phone use and glioma or other brain health issues, everyone deserves access to as much detailed information as possible to make an informed personal choice, even when the evidence is not yet definitive.