MANILA, Philippines - A party-list congressman wants Congress to conduct an inquiry on the possible dangers of excessive cellphone usage.
Ang Kasangga Rep. Teodorico T. Haresco said the House of Representatives health committee should conduct an inquiry on a recent World Health Organization-International Agency for Research on Cancer report that cell phones could be a “possible” carcinogen.
A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries made the findings after going through peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety and found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
The WHO, however, also recognized that, at present, no adverse health effects have been established.
Haresco said that in the light of these initial findings "the telecommunications and wireless industry should give the public some sort of warning that long-term exposure to radiation from cell phone usage could possibly cause cancer."
He said children should be restricted from excessive use of cellular phones if it is proven that they are more susceptible to cancer.
Haresco said it is incumbent upon Congress to establish the regulatory framework for the telecommunications and wireless industry taking into consideration the social and health costs.
CNN, meanwhile, said the WHO could be wrong because they “discounted the fundamental results of their own major studies, choosing to emphasize the questionable data from a small sub-group of their subjects and ignoring the century of physics research that strongly establishes the facts.”
The European Environmental Agency is pushing for more research studies, saying cell phones could be as big a public health risk as smoking, asbestos and leaded gasoline.