Today, the award for fence-riding goes to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research into Cancer. They came out and said that definitely maybe cell phones can be possibly attributed to forms of cancer in certain situations. But, they couldn’t put down their iPhones long enough to tell you that they mean cell phones are about as dangerous (categorically-speaking) as car exhaust and lead.

The exact wording, just in case you don’t like vague-and-frenzied panic, goes a little something like this: “The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer1, associated with wireless phone use.

This means cell phones, smart phones, iPads, or anything else that’s got a cell signal. We’ve covered this before. And you more or less didn’t listen to us then. Group 2B, BTW, is the same group as Citrus Red Number 2, Chloroform, Progestin (used to treat, ironically, some forms of cancer), and Sodium Orthophenyl Phenolm (used sometimes as a food additive). So, yeah, sure, if you say it like that, it doesn’t sound so scary.

You can read the WHO’s report, charismatically-titled “IARC CLASSIFIES RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AS POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS” by clicking that monster of a title.

And in the meantime, use a little common sense anyway: don’t put a possibly-bad cancer beam in front of your kid’s face if it doesn’t need to be there. Read a real book to him for crying out loud. If there’s even a chance that cell phones cause brain tumors, why would you risk it?

Sauce: Boing Boing