On May 31, 2011, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) concluded that heavy cell phone use puts individuals at an increased risk for both glioma, a malignant form of brain cancer, and acoustic neuroma, a tumor of the nerve that runs from the ear to the brain.  In response to these findings, WHO reclassified the radiation emitted from cell phones by placing them in category 2B, meaning that they are possibly carcinogenic to humans.  This category is the third-highest on WHO’s list – just under items that definitely cause cancer and probably cause cancer.  In revising this listing, cell phones are now included in the same category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.  This safety alert is a major departure from WHO’s previous position on cell phone use and cancer.  Before Tuesday’s announcement, WHO assured cell phone users that there were no adverse health effects associated with mobile devices.  Given that over five billion people around the world use cell phones, the reclassification clearly indicates that further research must be conducted imminently.

Detailed Findings Made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer

The panel who conducted the week-long study consisted of 31 international scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IARC”).  The warning was issued from Lyon, France after the panel evaluated peer-reviewed studies on the safety of cell phones.  The panel was led by Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Southern California, and a member of President Obama’s National Cancer Advisory Board.  The panel’s findings will be issued in the upcoming July 1, 2011 issue of Lancet Oncology.  Although the panel did not quantify the potential risk, they did suggest that users take precautions, such as texting instead of talking and using a headset to minimize exposure to the head.  Additionally, cell phone users should avoid using their mobile devices if the signal is weak or while talking in confined areas such as elevators or buses.  Users should also consider limiting the duration of calls to decrease their exposure to radiation.  Overall, the IARC stressed that further research is needed and that the link between cancer and cell phone use has not yet been conclusively proven.

Cell Phone Radiation Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has experienced any problems as a result of cell phone radiation exposure, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.  Contact one of our lawyers today for a free and confidential lawsuit evaluation.  The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients.  In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our cell phone radiation injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by