The World Health Organisation’s claim mobile phone use can trigger certain brain cancers may have no scientific evidence to back it up, but it has increased the urgency to conduct more research.
The WHO review of existing research decided to place a 2B risk on mobile phones, roughly equivalent to inhaling benzine fumes.
“When using a phone next to your ear you directly expose your skull and its interior to what seems to be a trigger on biological effects on brain cells,” said the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s Dr. Robert Baan.
The WHO’s 31 specialists from 14 countries, meeting in Lyon, France, say risks can be lowered by using hands-free kits with headphones.
“Even if it’s dangerous we can’t live without them, they’ve become vital.”
“I think they can cause cancer, but no-one’s going to say that out loud for the moment because there’s too much money riding on it,” were two reactions from female members of the public.
No new research was conducted for the long-awaited report, and its findings are certainly not definitive. A US study in February did find mobile phones can change brain cell activity, and their use by the very young has been discouraged. Texting appears to be a safer option.