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Mobile phones are potentially carcinogenic

A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer has established a cancer risk in using the mobile phone. Brain tumors are increasing among the biggest users. Explanations.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of WHO in Lyon, is to classify the electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones as “may be carcinogenic in humans.” According to the UN specialized agency for cancer research, the main risk to be considered is that of gliomas – the most common brain tumors. Moreover, only large mobile users would be affected.

From May 24 until today, a working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries met at IARC in Lyon. Their mission was to assess the potentially carcinogenic risks related to exposure to electromagnetic fields. They worked from all available studies on the subject.

According to the working group, one study showed that there was an increased risk of glioma. It would be about 40% among those using or having used a mobile phone for 30 minutes a day for ten years. Dr. Jonathan Samet of the University of Southern California, chaired the working group. He said that “the scientific data accumulated so far allow to conclude that the classification” possibly carcinogenic in humans “.” The electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and is found in Group 2B (5) the agents listed by IARC.

GSM classified as “possibly carcinogenic in humans”

The group brings together a 107 agents classified as “probably carcinogenic”. The group includes 59 officers 2A “probably carcinogenic”. Group 3 consists of 506 agents “not classified as carcinogens” and found in group 4, a single agent considered “probably not carcinogenic.”

In Group 2B which are now the electromagnetic fields of mobile phones, there are a total of 266 heterogeneous agents. The GSM to neighbors and with chemicals such as chloramphenicol and also with the salted fish with Chinese characteristics, passive smoking, wood powder, acrylamide pastries and tanning products …

The Director of Circ, Christopher Wild, takes the view that it is important “to continue the work and assess the effects of radiofrequency in the long term, especially among the heaviest users of mobile phones.”


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