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Similar symptoms of ill health are reported worldwide by people of all ages who are exposed to wireless technologies.  These include cell phones and cell towers, wireless internet (Wi-Fi), portable home telephones, Wi-Max, utility "Smart" meters, microwave ovens, lighting fixtures, CFL light bulbs and other home and business devices and appliances.

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Jun 3

IARC: Cell Phone Radiation Is a Possible Human Carcinogen

The Inside Story: Microwave News Report

  • Small Group Will File Minority Opinion 
  • NCI's Peter Inskip: Odd Man Out 
  • Building a Consensus 
  • The View from Outside Lyon 
  • Reactions from Industry and Cancer Societies 
  • What Now? 
  • Details and Resources

The decision "brings it to a new level," said Kurt Straif, the head of the agency's monograph program, who helped organize the meeting --the first ever on RF and microwave cancer risks. Many members of the panel agreed. 

"Before this, the view that there might be a cancer risk from cell phones was widely argued as being implausible," said Ron Melnick, who led one of the subgroups at the IARC meeting. "Now the World Health Organization has put its official stamp on this possibility." Melnick, a former senior official at the U.S. National Toxicology Program until he retired two years ago, designed the world's largest study to see whether cell phone radiation can lead to cancer in rats and mice. Those results are not expected for a couple more years. 

"The possible risk cannot be dismissed anymore, at least until we get credible new evidence to the contrary," said Dariusz Leszczynski of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) in Helsinki, a member of the IARC subgroup on mechanisms. 

The IARC news was a sensation. Many stories were featured on the front pages of the world's leading newspapers, such as the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, the Sydney Morning Herald,Le Monde, and the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. Within 24 hours of the IARC press conference there were some three thousand stories on Google News and that was only in English. Many of the stories were among the most read and most e-mailed on any number of Internet news sites around the world.

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