Tuesday, May 18, 2010

FDA reports No Evidence Linking Cell Phone Use to Risk of Brain Tumors

Do the radio waves that cell phones emit pose a threat to health?

Although research is ongoing, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that available scientific evidence—including World Health Organization (WHO) findings released May 17, 2010—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. FDA shares regulatory responsibilities for cell phones with the Federal Communications Commission. Cell Phones are sold without FDA clearance or approval.

The study also said that although some of the data suggested an increased risk for people with the heaviest use of cell phones, the study’s authors determined that biases and errors limit the strength of conclusions that can be drawn from it.

The FDA offers two pieces of advice for people who want to reduce their RF level with this caveat: 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:
1. reduce the amount of time spent on the cell phone
2. use speaker mode or a headset to place more distance between the head and the cell phone

FDA Full Article

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