Heavy cell phone users at risk of cancer

Man speaks on a mobile phone

New evidence shows that cell phones could increase the risk of developing certain brain cancers.

On Tuesday the World Health Organization's cancer research institute officially classified as carcinogenic the type of electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones.

One study shows a 40% increase risk for glioma, a type of brain cancer, for people using their mobile phones at least 30 minutes a day over a period of ten years.

Dr. Jonathan Samet is Chair of an international panel of experts in Lyon, France, which reviewed the evidence.

"We looked at all of the relevant human studies. These come from the epidemiological studies of people who have used cell phones as well as people exposed in their work places, and to other kinds of environmental exposures to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields."

The number of cell phone users is estimated at 5 billion globally.

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