BY MARIE DUFFY: The Irish cancer society has today warned mobile phone users to limit their exposure to radiation by instead texting or using hand free devices.
The advice comes after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) yesterday, classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, emitted by mobile phones, as ‘possibly carcinogenic’.
Over the last few years, there has been mounting concern about the possibility of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by wireless communication devices.
Over 30 experts met in Lyon, France to review previously published data on the links between cancer and mobile phone usage.
The IARC states that evidence of a possible association between mobile phone usage is linked to two types of brain cancers, glioma and acoustic neuroma, but that data is inadequate to draw conclusions for other cancers.
The number of mobile phone subscriptions is estimated at 5 billion globally.