Mobile users should be warned of cancer risk

1st June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Mobile phone manufacturers should warn users of possible health risks, says trade union organisation FNV. The union’s statement comes in the wake of a report released by the World Health Organisation WHO claiming a possible link between brain cancer and mobile phone use.

Warning texts should result in people making more conscious choices about possible risks. “This WHO report should not go unheeded,” says FNV executive board member Leo Hartveld.

“Possibly carcinogenic” phones A review of research by thirty-one experts from fourteen countries suggests an increased risk of a malignant type of brain cancer cannot be ruled out. The working group came together in Lyon, France, to investigate human evidence coming from epidemiological studies.

The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC concluded that mobile phones are “possibly carcinogenic” - one of five possible categories. It concluded that mobiles should be rated as "possibly carcinogenic" because of a possible link with ‘glioma’ - a type of brain cancer.

The WHO estimates that there are five billion mobile phone subscriptions globally.

Dutch youth prefer mobile internet to sex Young Dutch holiday-goers should watch out. Ten percent of today’s youth would prefer to go without sex for two weeks than without internet on their smart phones.

Telecom provider Hi conducted a survey on 300 Dutch people, aged between 18 and 25. The young Dutch display addictive behaviour when it comes to permanent mobile internet.

Some said they would give up half a month’s salary to stay online when abroad. Seven percent said they couldn’t bear the idea of going a day without.

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