Cell phones are as carcinogenic as coffee

Gopala Kovvali
Department of Genetics, Rutgers University, 145 Bevier Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8082; Carcinogenesis Foundation, 614 Overdell Drive, Sugar Land, TX, USA.
DOI: 10.4103/1477-3163.83044


Scientists from 14 countries met under the auspices of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, in May 2011, and assessed the carcinogenicity of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF). The discussion and conclusions on the ill effects of radio frequency from cell phones evoked obvious and understandable concern and curiosity among the public. It appears that the concerns were based on the hyped or exaggerated portrayal in the media of the carcinogenic potential of cell phone use, based on the reading of isolated parts of the discussions from the IARC meeting, which will publish a monograph on the subject early next year. [1] An excellent summary in Lancet [2] of the deliberations of the IARC working group on the subject, brought several salient points to be published in the monograph and made cell phone use look less dangerous or no more dangerous than pickled vegetables (class 2B carcinogen).Read More…