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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cell Phones, Glioma and Cancer in the Workplace

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31:  A woman speaks on her ...
 In a new report by 31 scientists meeting at the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) it was found that using a mobile phone may increase your risk for certain kinds of brain cancers. While further scientific work will be conducted, the group of scientists from 14 countries classified cell phones in the carcinogenic category 2B, which is similar to the pesticide DDT and gasoline engine exhaust. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Cell phones continue to have an increased use in the workplace and may join the ranks of other workplace carcinogens shortly. The World Health Organization has identified cell phones as a potential cause of glioma, a brain cancer. This may produce the next wave of workers' compensation claims.

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.

Additionally cell phone usage on the road by employees has been classified as  "distracted driving," and a major road hazard. Federal Regulations have been placed into effect limiting their use by commercial interstate transportation carriers.

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