Keep a dis­tance to re­duce risks

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

Re: “Study on cell­phones and cancer is re­as­sur­ing” (Opin­ion, March 9)

I dis­agree with the sug­ges­tion by Christo­pher La­bos that there is no ev­i­dence to as­so­ciate ra­dio-fre­quency ra­di­a­tion (RFR) with cancer.

The new ev­i­dence for in­creased risk of brain cancer since the 2011 eval­u­a­tion by a work­ing group of the In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Cancer (IARC) has come from up­dated case-con­trol stud­ies from Swe­den and a large French case-con­trol study as well as a re-eval­u­a­tion of the Canadian com­po­nents of the large In­ter­phone multi-coun­try case-con­trol study.

The oc­cur­rence of two tu­mour types in male Har­lan Sprague Daw­ley rats ex­posed to RFR, ma­lig­nant gliomas in the brain and schwan­no­mas of the heart, in the Na­tional Tox­i­col­ogy Pro­gram an­i­mal study, to­gether with the casec­on­trol stud­ies in hu­mans strongly sup­port the cat­e­go­riza­tion of RFR as car­cino­genic to hu­mans (Cat­e­gory 1).

There is also strong ev­i­dence of hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity to RFR (mi­crowave sick­ness) in a num­ber of peo­ple.

This ev­i­dence makes it in­cum­bent on all or­ga­ni­za­tions to fol­low the Cal­i­for­nia ex­am­ple so that all are made aware of the risks and know how to take steps to re­duce them (dis­tance is your friend!).

An­thony B. Miller, MD, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus, Dalla Lana School of Pub­lic Health, Univer­sity of Toronto, Port Hope, Ont.

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