Should You Worry About the New Study Linking Cellphones to Cancer

Why You Shouldn't Worry About the New Study Linking Cellphones to Cancer

The link between exposure and cancer was less clear in female rats and in male and female mice, according to the November 1 report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists that the danger does not apply to humans.

The experiment, by the National Toxicology Program, found positive but relatively modest evidence that radio waves from some types of cellphones could raise the risk that male rats develop brain cancer.

The link between 2G and 3G radiation and these tumors was a strong one - but was demonstrated when the rats came into contact with 50-times the radiation levels humans experience.

But the FDA has already taken issue with the findings.

"In our studies, rats and mice received radio frequency radiation (RFR) across their whole bodies".

A number of studies have tried to settle the debate over cell radiation.

Scientists have struggled to rule out carcinogenic effects of heat generated by cell phones.

We studied the effects of almost lifetime exposures to two different types, or modulations, of RFR (GSM and CDMA) used in cellular telephone networks in the United States in male and female rats and mice to identify potential toxicity or cancer-related hazards. There was also some evidence of tumors in the brain and adrenal gland of exposed male rats.


And, "the exposures used in the studies can not be compared directly to the exposure that humans experience when using a cellphone", NTP senior scientist John Bucher noted in an NIEHS news release.

New research appears to link signals emitted by mobile phones and the development of heart tumours, but only in rats and mice.

"In a nutshell, the present results serve only to add a little strength to the evidence available following the first report on the rat studies", Consultant for Cancer Causes and Prevention at the University of Western Australia Bruce Armstrong said.

The report leaves open the possibility that the kind of radiation produced by cellphones might have the potential to cause cancer, but it does not answer the question of how that might happen.

The FDA was invited to the peer-review process for the NTP study, but didn't attend.

Now, it says it will echo the NTP's previous advice to the public, back in February when the preliminary results were revealed. We believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health'. "That is the absolute most important scientific fact".

"We studied the effects of almost lifetime exposures to two different types, or modulations, of RFR (GSM and CDMA) used in cellular telephone networks in the United States in male and female rats and mice to identify potential toxicity or cancer-related hazards".

According to Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, the U.S. FDA's director for Devices and Radiological Health, such animal studies are important in the discussion, but it was not created to test the safety of cellphones in humans and could therefore not be used to draw conclusions for humans.

A former science chief for the Environmental Protection Agency, Gray said the toxicology program examined how cellphone radiation affected animals. The idea that wireless microwaves can only harm the body by heating is ridiculous, as our cells are damaged and impaired in their function before heating. "The idea that 5G with its more intense millimeter wave radiation emissions will be safe is wrong, it will actually be quite harmful".

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