It seems like every few weeks or so, we get a new report from health experts that claim cell phone use can be damaging to our health in some way.
The latest statement is from The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is the cancer branch of the World Health Organization (WHO). They recently held a weeklong conference in Lyons, France, which reviewed possible links between cancer and the type of electromagnetic radiation found in cell phones, microwaves and radar.
The conclusion of the conference was that cell phones may be carcinogenic.
Can I just step in and say, “Enough is enough.”
In the study, cell phones were classified the same as pesticides and gasoline in terms of potential cancer risks. Give me a break.
In my opinion, these kinds of reports confuse the public more than they benefit them.
The WHO comes out with these “Well, maybe” studies over and over again, and they always leave the public hanging. This study, like all the rest that came before it, didn’t reach any definite consensus on how cell phones could be dangerous.
To say that cell phones are possibly carcinogenic to humans and then not add anything that the public can use is not going to change anything in terms of the manufacturing or regulations of cell phones around the world.
If you are going to make these kinds of accusations, tell us specifically you have concluded that after X amount of exposure time there is this much increased cancer risk. For example, if you use your phone more than five hours a day, your risk of developing cancer increases two percent--but that isn’t what they do.
The fact is, they need to give us specific scientific evidence that shows that there is any increased risk of cancer.
So thanks, WHO, but until then, I am going to continue using my phone.
Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Click here for more information on Dr. Manny's work with Hackensack University Medical Center. Visit AskDrManny.com for more.