Session Detail


Session Title: Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer?
Session Type: Forum
Session Start/End Time: Monday, Apr 02, 2012, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: McCormick Place West (Level 1), Room W184
CME: CME-Designated
CME/CE Hours: 1.5
Session Description: Cell phone usage has increased exponentially over the past 20 years. Early anecdotal reports of cases of brain cancer among cell phone users provoked concerns about possible cancer risks. Some epidemiologic studies were conducted beginning in the mid-1990s, and the early ones were either negative or inconclusive. More recent and larger epidemiologic studies have been difficult to interpret and have led to conflicting inferences. There have also been animal experiments and basic mechanistic research aiming to explore possible biological effects of radiofrequency fields of the types emitted by cell phones on biological systems; that research has mainly been negative, with a few exceptions. In May 2011, an IARC expert panel evaluated all the evidence and concluded the radiofrequency fields should be considered a "possible human carcinogen." This forum aims to lay out the key epidemiologic evidence available at this time, and to provide two opposing views of how that evidence should be interpreted.
Presentations:
Moderator
Jack Siemiatycki. University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
Discussant
Jack Siemiatycki. University of Montreal, QC, Canada
Discussant
Siegal Sadetzki. Chaim Sheba Medical Centre, Israel
Discussant
Anthony Swerdlow. The Institute of Cancer Research, London, United Kingdom