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WHO Says Diesel Exhaust Definitely Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that exhaust from diesel engines is definitely a cause oflung cancer in humans. The IARC, which is part of the World Health Organization, had previously labeled diesel exhaust fumes as “probably carcinogenic.” The new label is based on research on workers in high-risk occupations, such as truck driving and mining. Such workers are believed to have a 40 percent higher chance of developing lung cancer. However, the expert panel recommends that everyone avoid exposure to diesel exhaust. More… Discuss

WHO Labels Cell Phones “Possibly Carcinogenic”

WHO Labels Cell Phones “Possibly Carcinogenic”

After reviewing epidemiological studies relating to mobile phone use and to exposure to elec tromagnetic fields in the workplace, the World Health Organization‘s International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that current evidence does not establish a strong link between cell phone use and increased risk of a malignant type of brain cancer. However, it also does not rule it out. It has therefore classified the devices as “possibly carcinogenic” and recommends that, until additional research into the long-term effects of heavy mobile phone use provides more definitive data, consumers consider reducing their exposure. More… Discuss