Doubt has always been there. Now it seems that the World Health Organization (WHO) goes a step further and just announced that using mobile phones can increase the risk of suffering certain types of brain cancer in humans. The organization also recommends users to think about how to reduce their exposure to these devices.

The review of all available scientific evidence, carried out by 31 scientists from 14 countries, suggests that electromagnetic radiofrequency fields that occur in the use of mobile phones could be classified as "possibly carcinogenic" to humans. According to the head of the IARC group, Jonathan Samet, some evidence suggests a link between an increased risk of glioma, a type of brain cancer, and the use of mobile phones.

This could lead to the United Nations health authorities reviewing their recommendations on mobile phones, according to experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). However, they recognize that more research will be necessary before confirming the link.

For their part, telephone operators defend themselves by saying that there are no clear scientific conclusions that could lead to alarm.

Reasonable doubts

The controversy that the WHO has just reopened is not new, since it has been going on for years and there still seems to be no definitive studies that corroborate it to 100%. Regarding the statement of the WHO, the president of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM), Emilio Alba, said that "does not bring anything new or relevant," as he believes that there is still "not enough studies" to certify that using a mobile phone could increase the risk of developing certain types of brain tumors.

In addition, Alba believes that even if it were true "there is no quantitative assessment of whether this is bad, how many hours are negative or how much time passes until it occurs." On the classification, which puts the use of mobile phones at the same level of cancer risk category of the IARC as lead, chloroform, saccharin and coffee, has explained that it does not imply a precautionary attitude greater than the that is followed with these products and "common sense indicates".

Source: Reuters / EP

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