Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established.
A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."-WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk
When I got my first cell phone I constantly held it up to my head. In fact, there was one marathon conversation I had by cell phone with a friend of mine when I was bored out of my mind at a convention I went to with some other friends, so I sat out in the lobby area at the hotel we were at and talked straight through for a couple of hours. By the time I said goodbye, the phone was blazing hot. I must have really given myself a good dose of radiation that day. In recent years I've rarely put my phone to my ear, but I know others, including my mom, who still do. Mom has come around only because of these recent reports on the dangers of cell phone radiation, though she's ignored my warnings to her on the matter for years.