The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a news release (pdf file) today, stating:
“The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.”
Read the analysis by Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of the American Cancer Society. He notes:
“Unfortunately, drawing broad and sweeping conclusions based on a press release and a news conference leaves many of us wondering just what the evidence shows that led to the conclusion announced today that “radiofrequency electromagnetic fields” may be possibly cause cancer in people….There is science behind the press release, but that science remains unknown to the rest of us until the actual research is published. In this case, IARC tells us a paper will be published “in a few days online” in the journal The Lancet Oncology. In addition, the references on which the IARC committee based its conclusion for the most part remain “in press,” which in simple terms means they have not yet been released for widespread review and comment.”
And see this story by MedPage Today.
ADDENDUM 3 hours later:
See Merrill Goozner’s piece, “The Role of Conflicted Science in the Cell Phone-Cancer Link.“