Comment on the classification of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
In the end of May 2011 the WHO‟s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, to which mobile phone radiation belongs, as “possibly carcinogenic”1.
The decision is based on the vote of 30 scientists from 14 countries that had been invited by the IARC to gather between May 24 and 31, 2011, in Lyon and to assess the carcinogenic risk of humans exposed to this radiation.
The Working Group considered a) the occupational exposure to radar and microwaves, b) the environmental radiation from radio and television stations as well as wireless telecommunication, and c) the individual
exposure while using a mobile phone. The classification was effected with only one dissenting vote which was delivered by a member of the German Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK). The other representative
from Germany who was not a member of the SSK joined the majority vote. Before the meeting, participation of Prof. Alexander Lerchl, being the head of the Committee Non-ionizing Radiation in the SSK and, thus, Germany’s highest-ranking radiation protector, was rejected by the IARC on grounds that his closeness to industry and his pre-conceived position in this area of research would not contribute to a balanced search for consensus.2.
German radiation protection offside
The WHO‟s International Agency for Research on Cancer thinks
that cancer from mobile phone radiation is „possible‟
Franz Adlkofer | Pandora Foundation