Academy of Pediatricians Calls for More Research on Cell Phones Causing Cancer
Further investigation of whether cell phones causing cancer is a reality gained a new supporter this month.
The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), an organization that represents 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric surgical specialists and pediatric medical subspecialists focused on the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults released a letter of support for the H.R. 6358, also known as the Cell Phone Right to Know Act.
Cell Phones and Brain Cancer: the Possibility
The possibility of cell phones causing cancer, and specifically brain tumors is specifically likely for women and children, the AAP said. That’s why the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, which, if passed, will require that all cell phones carry warning labels of radiofrequency (RF) radiation emissions associated with different devices on the market, will be especially beneficial for the safety of this age group.
More national research programs that study the connection between cell phones and health will be also be launched and the Environmental Protection Agency will have to update the standards for Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body from cell phones.
Cell Phones Causing Cancer
This news was announced a year after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” after its assessment of the link between cell phone-related radiation and health problems. This classification puts cell phones in the same danger-zone as lead and mercury.
“Children are disproportionately affected by environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation,” AAP President, Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP said. “The differences in bone density and the amount of fluid in a child’s brain compared to an adult’s brain could allow children to absorb greater quantities of RF energy deeper into their brains than adults.”
The possibility of cell phones causing cancer is especially dangerous since there are approximately 300 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S., the AAP wrote.