Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, a brain cancer survivor, holds a
U.S. Senate committee hearing today (Monday) on the possible health
risks of cellular phone use. At the same time, an international
conference also being held in the nation's capital examines the
scientific research on cancer risks linked to cell phone radiation
Dr. Devra Davis, director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
will testify at the Congressional hearing and also organized the
conference. She says there's mounting evidence cell phone use may come
at a high price, and more research is needed - despite cell phone
industry assurances of no public health risks.
"I have lots of good reasons for concern, and my concerns are shared by
the governments of Finland, and France, and Israel, and China, and some
of the states of India."
A recent report from the International EMF Collaborative
(IEMFC) raised questions about the design protocol used to analyze cell
phone cancer risks in studies funded by the cell phone industry. It
cites research that shows regular cell phone use can lead to a
"significant" increase in brain tumor risk.
Lloyd Morgan, author of the IEMFC report, is attending today's events.
He says children are especially vulnerable to cell phone radiation
exposure, which is alarming because more and more kids are using cell
"Not only is there data from peer-reviewed science about cell phones,
but there's data from all sorts of carcinogen exposures that children
are far more at risk than adults, because their (brain) cells are still
Morgan's report, "Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern," is online at www.radiationresearch.org
The National Cancer Institute, meanwhile, says there is no solid evidence of a link between brain cancer and cell phone use.
The Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education,
and Related Agencies meets at 2:00 p.m. today in the Dirksen Senate
Office Building, Room SD-138. The "Expert Conference on Cell Phones and
Health: Science and Public Policy Questions," is at the Credit Union
House, 4th and Maryland Ave N.E., both in Washington, D.C.