Mobile-cancer decision excites protest

AUSTRALIAN scientists are joining a global protest against any decision being made by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on the carcinogenic risk of mobile phone use.

The International Electro-Magnetic Fields Alliance (IEMFA) has written an open letter to the IARC, saying no decision should be made on the carcinogenicity of radio­frequency radiation until the remaining results of the key Interphone study are published, including pending data from Australia. 

Studies from other countries have shown significant risks for acoustic neuroma, parotid gland tumour and glioma, it said. The IARC is meeting in France this week. 

The letter also protested the presence of telecommunications industry observers at the meeting, and cited “scientific intimidation” and secrecy surrounding conflict of interest within the IARC. 

IEMFA co-founder Dr Don Maisch (PhD), an Australian

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