ResearchBase: Health Risks of Cell Phones

You may have heard about the recent news concerning cell phone use and the possible associated health risks – namely, an increased risk of cancer. This is according to a recent announcement from the World Health Organization, which now categorizes cell phones in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

What that means is they found some evidence of increase in glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer for mobile phone users, but have not been able to draw conclusions for other types of cancers.

In addition to the obvious concern for our own health and well-being, one of the more striking aspects of this story, though, is that prior to this announcement, despite concerns of a number of parties, the WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established.

Which brings us to the latest addition to ResearchBase: a study conducted by Powerfeedback and SurveyAnalytics to determine the potential impact of this news on cell phone usage.

The study conducted finds that of the 302 respondents, 69.94% have no intention of changing their cell phone usage in any way. Approximately 40% describe their sentiment concerning the news as “If this doesn’t kill me, something else will.”

Have we become so desensitized to the possible risks of our high-tech, industrial life style that a warning of a real risk of cancer doesn’t phase us? Or are we just jaded to such governmental warnings? Take a look at the study, and let us know what you think.

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Cell Phone Usage and Brain Cancer
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About Joshua Hoffman

Joshua Hoffman is Technology Specialist at Microsoft and a frequent contributor to Research Access.