It was just two months ago that the WHO decided to reclassify cell phones as “potentially carcinogenic”, calling for increased scrutiny. A new review of available evidence published on Saturday aims to clarify the situation. The paper, authored by cancer experts from the US, UK, and Sweden finds that the evidence is “increasingly against” a link between mobile phone use and cancer.
It is important to note this is not a new study, but rather an analysis of all previous studies along with increased scrutiny of their methodology. Some well-publicized studies were found to hold up poorly on their own, but when taken together, a pattern emerged. Multiple studies over recent years have failed to find an increase in tumors up to 20 years after cell phones reached a community.
The group also found no compelling evidence for any biological mechanism whereby radio frequency radiation from a phone could produce cancer. This is far from the final word, but a scientific consensus may be emerging that is in favor of the safety of mobile devices.