Latest Research Reveals Cell Phones Don’t Cause Cancer

by Lois Etienne on September 10, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

We found some new data on the topic of cell phones and cancer that we can all celebrate about:   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that available scientific evidence, including World Health Organization (WHO) findings released in May, shows no increased health risk due to radiofrequency (RF) energy, a form of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by cell phones.

FDA also cites a separate National Cancer Institute program finding that, despite the dramatic increase in cell phone use, occurrences of brain cancer did not increase between 1987 and 2005.

Although cell phones can be sold without FDA clearance or approval, the agency monitors the effects the phones have on health.  FDA has the authority to take action if cell phones are shown to emit RF energy at a level that is hazardous to the user.

The study reported little or no risk of brain tumors for most long-term users of cell phones.  “There are still questions on the effect of long-term exposure to radio frequency energy that are not fully answered by Interphone,” says Abiy Desta, network leader for science at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “However, this study provides information that will be of great value in assessing the safety of cell phone use.”

WHO reports that Interphone is the largest case-control study of cell phone use and brain tumors to date, and includes the largest numbers of users with at least 10 years of RF energy exposure.

Although evidence shows little or no risk of brain tumors for most long-term users of cell phones, FDA says people who want to reduce their RF exposure can reduce the amount of time spent on the cell phone or use speaker mode or a headset to place more distance between the head and the cell phone.

For more about the study, visit http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm212273.htm.

For more information or to get answers to your questions, please contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office.  We can be reached — anytime day or night – by calling Spokane509.835.5898North King/Snohomish Counties: 425.670.2292 or South King/Pierce Counties253.943.1603. You can also email us at loisetienne@homeinsteadnw.com


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