World Health Organization Says Cellphones May Cause Brain Cancer

Posted on May 31, 2011

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that cellphones may cause cancer. It's a very serious announcement, which came after the organization reviewed many studies on the subject. The WHO now categorizes cellphone radiation in the "hazard" category which also includes lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform.

A large, international study that focused on cancer and cellphone usage in 2010, found that people who used a cellphone for ten years or more had double the rate of gliomas, a type of brain tumor. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that using a cellphone for 50 minutes produces a marked increase in activity in the brain.

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are quite concerned about cellphone usage in children. Children's skulls and scalps are thinner than adults are, and their cells divide faster. This means that they are especially susceptible to radiation.

CNN reports on the new announcement by the WHO:

You can see Dr. Sanjay Gupta's disturbing report on the subject here.