23rd June 2011
On 31st May 2011, The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) / International Agency for Research on Cancer ( IARC ) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer1, associated with wireless phone use.
It is important to realise that the link associated with radiofrequency electromagnetic field / electromagnetic energy exposure and cancer does not just refer to the use of mobile phones.
Essentially this study links all radiofrequency radiation exposure as possibly carcinogenic to humans. This is far more reaching than mobile phone use alone. There has been extensive media coverage on the health effects of mobile phone use but we need to be made aware of the fact that the same wireless technology is being increasingly utilised in our day to day work and home activities such as cordless phones, digital baby monitors, wireless internet, wi-fi, some RF remote controls, wireless headsets, smart meters, cell phone towers, radar, transmission of signals for radio, television and wireless telecommunication etc. Is enough emphasis being placed on the long term health effects of all this wireless modern technology as opposed to just the use of mobile phones ?
Pregnant women, infants and young children today are exposed to more radiofrequency electromagnetic fields than any previous generation.