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Your iPhone is ‘Possibly Carcinogenic’ According to WHO

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The latest report from the World Heath Organization claims cellphone use is ‘possibly carcinogenic’ and can cause brain tumours:

A working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries meeting at the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said a review of all the available scientific evidence suggested cellphone use should be classified as “possibly carcinogenic.”

The classification, which puts mobile phone use in the same broad IARC cancer risk category as lead, chloroform and coffee, could spur the United Nations health body to look again at its guidelines on mobile phones, the scientists said.

We’ve talked about the issue of radiation levels from the iPhone before, but have you paid attention? The Pong ‘radiation case’ even tried to address this issue. Prior to today’s announcement, the WHO did not link cancer to cellphone use. 

With the explosion of social networks, people are talking less on the phone. Nowadays it’s all about texting and WhatsApp’ing (currently free btw). Do you limit your cellphone use? All you have to do is wear a Bluetooth headset and that should eliminate all risks, ‘right’?

Cigarettes now have warning labels showing the hazardous effects of smoking. Could we soon see similar warnings on…cellphones?

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  • Yamadorishitate

    I do use a bluetooth headset, but mainly because it’s much easier when I’m working than digging for my phone. That and the fact that it’s illegal and dangerous while driving. I don’t use it enough to worry about the cancer risk. If coffee hasn’t killed me, unlikely my iphone will.

  • Wendy

    Dr Sanjay Gupta on CNN said Bluetooth is better but does not fully eliminate the problem. He uses a wired earpiece. Wonder if it’s just as bad to carry phone in your pocket?

  • Wendy

    Dr Sanjay Gupta on CNN said Bluetooth is better but does not fully eliminate the problem. He uses a wired earpiece. Wonder if it’s just as bad to carry phone in your pocket?

  • Wendy

    Dr Sanjay Gupta on CNN said Bluetooth is better but does not fully eliminate the problem. He uses a wired earpiece. Wonder if it’s just as bad to carry phone in your pocket?

  • Wendy

    Dr Sanjay Gupta on CNN said Bluetooth is better but does not fully eliminate the problem. He uses a wired earpiece. Wonder if it’s just as bad to carry phone in your pocket?

  • That’s what I’m wondering. Dr Sanjay Gupta is my hero.

  • That’s what I’m wondering. Dr Sanjay Gupta is my hero.

  • That’s what I’m wondering. Dr Sanjay Gupta is my hero.

  • That’s what I’m wondering. Dr Sanjay Gupta is my hero.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t done any research myself yet, but is this alleged risk of tumors only prominent when actually talking on the phone? What kind of radiation are we talking about here when my cell phone is just on standby? Should we be concerned if our phones are in our pant front pockets all day?

  • Guest

    Bluetooth is still just as bad. It’s still EMF being transmitted directly into your brain.

  • Guest

    Bluetooth is still just as bad. It’s still EMF being transmitted directly into your brain.

  • Drocass

    They have been flip flopping on this for a long time now. I heard about this 6+ years ago on the news, then years later they say “new studies show that blah blah blah newer cell phones may actually reduce the known risk” then its a big hype some time later again.
    Well in any case, im a texter lol so im fairly safe either way…. now i need to worry about this damn sun giving me cancer.. gah… wheres the app for that?!?  😛 lol

  • Drocass

    They have been flip flopping on this for a long time now. I heard about this 6+ years ago on the news, then years later they say “new studies show that blah blah blah newer cell phones may actually reduce the known risk” then its a big hype some time later again.
    Well in any case, im a texter lol so im fairly safe either way…. now i need to worry about this damn sun giving me cancer.. gah… wheres the app for that?!?  😛 lol

  • Slugmeister

    I try to use the speaker instead of putting it to my ear, so am I at risk for something to my hands?

  • Anonymous

    I would think that because bluetooth is a weaker signal it isn’t as harmful, if it is harmful.

  • Anonymous

    I would think that because bluetooth is a weaker signal it isn’t as harmful, if it is harmful.

  • Wuju

    What’s the risk of the phone on standby near the waist for 8 hours day?

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