Now it is official.
The long awaited IARC evaluation of the carcinogenicity of mobile phone emitted radiation is complete.
At the meeting at the IARC headquarters in Lyon, France, Working Group of invited experts has reviewed scientific evidence and, based on the currently available published scientific evidence decided whether mobile phone radiation is carcinogenic.
IARC classifies agents in the following categories:
Group 1: Carcinogenic to humans
Group 2A: Probably carcinogenic to humans
Group 2B: Possibly carcinogenic to humans
Group 3: Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans
Group 4: Probably not carcinogenic to humans
The Working Group decided today, May 31st, 2011, that mobile phone radiation belongs to the 2B category – possibly carcinogenic agent.
The clear message of the evaluation is, in my opinion, that we have indications of possible carcinogenicity but the inconsistent quality of the research studies and lack of studies in some important areas prevent us from making more reliable (and definite?) classification. It simply means that we need more of studies in certain areas.
More news about the Lyon meeting I will provide later this week, when I recover from the meeting marathon in Lyon.