Health experts from around the world are gathered in Lyon, France this week to examine the potential role that radiation from wireless devices plays in cancer. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) will examine existing studies to determine whether there is a link between brain malignancies and electromagnetic radiation and whether to label the radio waves as a carcinogen. Dr. Christopher Wild, IARC’s director, told attendees in an opening address that, while the world is watching the proceedings, they should remember they’re meant to serve the average person. “Our responsibility as scientists is to the ordinary users of this technology, characterized recently by a young person who simply asked me, ‘Is it safe to use my mobile phone?’" Wild said. “Understandably, there is great interest from industry and there is great interest from a wide range of articulate advocacy groups. However, it is the image of this young person, an agnostic user, and their needs, that I ask you to keep to the forefront of your minds in the coming days.” National authorities could use the meeting’s results as a basis for safety regulations. IARC Monographs meetings examine environmental factors that can lead to cancer.