Last month, the World Health Organization announced that cell phones might cause brain cancer, a conclusion based on reviewing experiments done in cells, animals, and people. The classification was far from definitive and reflects how tough it is to say whether something causes cancer. But it has far-reaching implications for regulators, the courts, and the general public.
Join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 16 June, on this page about what the evidence tells us, doesn't tell us, and whether we'll ever have an answer to the cell phone/brain cancer quandary. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.
Mireille Toledano is a senior lecturer in Epidemiology at Imperial College London. Her current research includes cancer mapping and clustering, and various projects in the field of non-ionizing radiation epidemiology. Most recently she has led the launch of the UK COSMOS study, the largest study worldwide to investigate cell phone use and possible long term health effects.
Mary McBride is an epidemiologist and Research Scientist in Cancer Control Research at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. She has led and contributed to epidemiologic research programs on the causes of childhood cancer and the relationship between non‐ionizing electromagnetic fields (ELF‐EMF and RF) and cancer, in Canada, the US, Europe, and for the World Health Organization.