French Watchdog Group Advises Limited Mobile Phone Use in Light of Research about Cell Phones Causing Cancer
Concerns about cell phones causing cancer are gaining traction overseas, where a French safety watchdog group is warning children and heavy phone users to limit their exposure to mobile phones, with 40 minutes of conversation per day considered heavy use, according to the UK Telegraph.
The National Agency for Health, Food and Environmental Safety (Anses) is specifically targeting children and heavy cell phone users in its recommendation, according to an article dated October 15th. The report looked at more than 300 scientific studies released since 2009, and was issued by a panel of 16 experts. In addition to the wave of studies linking cell phones and brain cancer, the Anses alert is also looking at possible “biological effects in humans or animals,” namely disruption to “sleep, male fertility or cognitive performance,” caused by excessive cell phone usage.
Cell phone radiation is likely to become the subject of growing litigation in the U.S. and Europe. In October 2012, the Telegraph pointed to a trial in which an Italian court ruled in favor of a commerce manager who was found to have developed a brain tumor partially because of the six hours per day he spent on a cell phone for 12 years.
The Anses notice states, “Given this information, and against a background of rapid development of technologies and practices, Anses recommends limiting the population’s exposure to radiofrequencies – in particular from mobile phones – especially for children and intensive users, and controlling the overall exposure that results from relay antennas.”
Brain Tumors and Cell Phones Raise Concern in the U.S., Overseas
In the U.S., a recent study in the International Journal of Oncology has found that radio frequency-modulated electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) are a factor in the initiation and promotion stages of brain tumor development. The research looked at brain tumor cases in both men and women ages 18-75 that were diagnosed between 2007 and 2009, and assessed usage of mobile and cordless phones via a self-administered questionnaire.
These findings follow an announcement issued two years ago by the World Health Organization’s International Agency on Research for Cancer (IARC), which reclassified cell phone radiation as possibly carcinogenic in May 2011, after the Interphone study found 30 minutes of cell phone use per day was associated with a 40 percent increased risk for glioma, a type of brain tumor.
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