Cell Phones Causing Cancer: International Safety Commission Supports Italian Court Ruling
The frightening possibility of cell phones causing cancer continued to gain momentum this month, when the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) voiced their support for a recent court decision made by the Italian Supreme Court that cell phone radiation may lead to brain tumors.
According to the ICEMS position paper released in November 2012, the Italian Supreme Court’s ruling highlighted the inconsistency of findings obtained from industry-funded vs. independent studies. That is to say, research led by cell phone manufacturers has only reported a low-risk of users developing tumors after prolonged use, while independent studies revealed greater evidence of a connection between the two.
The ICEMS is not the only group calling for more attention to the possibility of cell phones causing cancer. Health professionals—and even celebrities—are starting to voice their collective concern over the lack of research conducted on this pressing health issue.
A Nov. 19 report in CBS Philadelphia, for example, quoted certain breast cancer surgeons who say there may be a potential link between cell phones and breast cancer—especially in women who store their phones close to their chests.
Dr. John West, a U.S. Breast Cancer Surgeon, went on the record saying, “If there is a risk and we don’t find out about it for five or ten years from now, we’re going to see a whole cluster of young people with breast cancer.”
Dr. Lisa Bailey, another Breast Cancer Surgeon, says the only reason there is no confirmed danger of cell phones causing cancer is because the amount of objective research on the subject is lacking.
“There’s no evidence, but that’s because we haven’t studied it,” she said.
Some public figures, like famed singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, have already used their influence to raise awareness on the issue. Back in September, she told Katie Couric on her syndicated talk show, Katie, that she believes the benign brain tumor she was diagnosed with the year before may have been caused by her cell phone.
“It’s possible that it’s related to that,” Crow said of the tumor that was found close the part of her brain where she used to hold her phone. “I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones.”