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FCC to think again on mobile phone radiation

For those who believe that mobile phone radiation do not pose a threat to human health, it is time to think again. Well, Federal Communications Commission is doing so.

For years the FCC neglected to update its scientific statements on cell phone radiation. It is now going to launch a review of its safety standards related to mobile phone radiation. The rules now in force for cell phone radiation were developed in 1996, based on research from the 1980’s. New research has rendered those studies obsolete.

“This review is long overdue. It is impossible to imagine how the FCC will be able to retain its current standards, which allow 20 times more radiation to reach the head than the body as a whole, do not account for risks to children’s developing brains and smaller bodies and consider only short-term cell phone use, not frequent calling patterns over decades.” said Renee Sharp, director of Environmental Working Group’s California office and senior scientist, who have been demanding safer norms.

In May last year, the Interphone Study Report on mobile phone use and brain cancer risk was published. The study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and World Health Organization suggested “There were suggestions of an increased risk of glioma, and much less so meningioma, in the highest decile of cumulative call time, in subjects who reported usual phone use on the same side of the head as their tumour and, for glioma, for tumours in the temporal lobe.”(Press Release No 200, 17 May 2011)

Following this in June th same year in its Fact Sheet No 193, June 2011, World Health Organization recently said that the electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans, though it denies increased cancer risk due to long-term exposure to animals.

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