Former Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Con to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"
"In summary, my review of the literature suggests that most studies claiming that there is no link between cell phones and brain tumors are outdated, had methodological concerns, and did not include sufficient numbers of long-term cell phone users to find an effect, since most of these negative studies primarily examined people with only a few years of phone use and did not inquire about cordless phone use. In addition, many studies defined regular cell phone use as 'once a week'...
[S]ome recent studies in Nordic countries, where phones have been used longest, find that persons who have used cell phones for at least a decade have 30% to more than 200% more brain tumors than do those without such use, and only on the side of the head where the user holds his or her phone. To put these numbers in context, this is at least as high an increase as the added risk of breast cancer that women face from long-term use of hormone replacement therapy. Based on these findings and the increased absorption into the brains of the young, the French Ministry of Health advised that children should be discouraged from using cell phones, a position also taken by British, German and other authorities...
RF radiation emitted by cell phones should be considered a potential human health risk...
From my careful review of the evidence, I cannot tell you conclusively that phones cause cancer or other diseases. But, I can tell you that there are published peer reviewed studies that have led me to suspect that long term cell phone use may cause cancer. It should be noted in this regard that worldwide, there are three billion regular cell phone users, including a rapidly growing number of children. If we wait until the human evidence is irrefutable and then act, an extraordinarily large number of people will have been exposed to a technology that has never really been shown to be safe."
Testimony, US House of Representatives Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing “Tumors and Cell Phone use: What the Science Says," domesticpolicy.oversight.house.gov, Sep. 25, 2008
Experts Individuals with MDs; individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of cell phones; or government officials with significant involvement in cell phone safety issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Former Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Former Director, University of Pittsburgh Mecical Center Cancer Center
Former Associate Vice Chancellor of Cancer Research, School of Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Former Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh
Former Hillman Professor of Oncology, University of Pittsburgh
Former Chief Medical Officer, Oncology, Intrexon
Former President, American Association of Cancer Institutes
Former Editor-in-chief, Natural Immunity
Recipient, Award for Excellence in the Sciences, Governor of Pennsylvania
Recipient, Lifetime Science Award, Institute for Advanced Studies in Immunology and Aging
Former Interim Chairman, National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
Former board member, American Association for Cancer Research
Former Chairman, Biological Response Modifiers Committee, NIAID AIDS Clinical Trials Group
Former Head, Cellular and Tumor Immunology Section, Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute
Senior Investigator, Immunology Branch, National Cancer Institute, 1968-1971
MD, New York University School of Medicine
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