Leading cancer expert accuses Devra Davis of raising community anxiety over unjustified claims on mobile phone safety

A leading internationally-recognised expert on cancer causation says claims by visiting American scientist, Devra Davis, that mobile phones are a danger to people’s health are unjustified, deeply disturbing and are needlessly raising the community’s anxiety levels.

Channel Ten News reported on Tuesday that Professor Bernard Stewart of the Cancer Council of Australia said that Dr Davis’ was “in the business of raising concern” without having any justification according to medical and scientific research to back her claim that mobile phones are a safety risk to the public.

She has presented lectures at the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales. The publicity for the lectures says that she will reveal “the truth” about mobile phone and wireless radiation and “new global studies on the health consequences of mobile phone radiation”.

Professor Stewart told Channel Ten: “I am deeply disturbed by this (Dr Davis’ claims) because I do not think there is any medical or scientific research that justifies the anxiety of the community that is being raised. Clearly, Dr Davis is in the business of raising concern.”

Professor Stewart is an internationally-recognised expert in all aspects of environmental carcinogenesis (cancer causation), including the investigation of cancer clusters and medico-legal aspects of tobacco smoke-induced cancer.

He has had extensive advisory involvement with International Agency for Research on Cancer and co-edited the World Cancer Report for the World Health Organisation. In 2008 Professor Stewart published a new approach to qualitative assessment of carcinogenic risks.

A member of the Council of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and an advisor to the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, Professor Stewart has had a close association with Cancer Council Australia for more than 25 years. Currently, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Council’s professional journal Cancer Forum.

Channel Ten quoted the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) saying that its members must comply with independent scientific expertise of official regulatory bodies, which set and maintain safety standard.

All mobile devices and base stations are designed, built and tested to comply with science-based safety standards, which are recognised by national and international health agencies, including the World Health Organization (WH) and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

The World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest factsheet released in October 2014 says:

“A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phones.”

 See Channel Ten news: http://tenplay.com.au/news/melbourne/2015/12/1/is-your-smartphone-killing-you