Should You Worry About the New Study Linking Cellphones to Cancer

  • Should You Worry About the New Study Linking Cellphones to Cancer

Should You Worry About the New Study Linking Cellphones to Cancer

"This report provides an incremental contribution to understanding of the interaction between radio frequency radiation and cancer, although it is not at all clear that the results have applicability to humans using mobile phones in any realistic manner", Flinders University Lecturer Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen said in a statement.

Senior scientists stated, "The exposure used in the studies can not be compared directly to the exposure that humans experience when using a cell phone". Even worse, the reports also showed some evidence of tumors in the brain and adrenal gland of the subjects. But the link between cell phones and cancer in male rats was undeniable.

What does this mean for us?

The lowest exposure level used in the studies was equal to the maximum local tissue exposure now allowed for mobile phone users but this power level rarely occurs with typical use.

The study involved radio frequencies long out of routine use.

Moreover, he said, "exposure levels and durations in our studies were greater than what people experience".

An oversight of the study was that it did not investigate RFR used in Wi-Fi, 4G or 5G, the latter of which "likely differs dramatically from what we studied", the researchers said. "From what we now understand, it likely differs dramatically from what we studied", said Wyde.

The study began 10 years ago when the US National Toxicology Programme (NTP) - housed in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a part of the US National Institutes of Health - was nominated to do the study on effects of RFR.

"Exposure of people to RFR occurs primarily through use of cell phones and other wireless devices". In fact, the highest exposure level in the study was four times higher than anything experienced in a mobile phone.

One thing the two agencies, which both fall under the US Department of Health and Human Services, agree on is that the findings of these studies in rats and mice should not apply to human cell phone use.

The researchers divided the rodents into two groups based on radiofrequency radiation levels, low or high, and exposed their entire bodies to radiofrequency radiation for 10-minute increments totaling to about nine hours a day over the two-year period.

According to final reports of the study, there is clear evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation developed these tumours. The higher frequencies used by current cellphones can not penetrate the tissues of humans and rats as easily as the previously used frequencies.

"Animal studies like this one contribute to our discussions on this topic, but we must remember the study was not created to test the safety of cell phone use in humans, so we can not draw conclusions about the risks of cell phone use from it", Shuren said.

But you probably don't need to be too anxious about these results, for one important reason: You are not a male rat.

Still, the researchers said their findings question the long-held assumption that the radio-frequency radiation used by cellphones poses no health concern. We believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health'.

The American Cancer Society, which tracks the incidence of cancer, has noted that there has not been a noticeable increase in cancer types that might be associated with cellphone use.

The NTP will provide the results of the studies to FDA and the Federal Communications Commission, who will review the information to monitor the potential impacts of RFR.

As such, the NTP is planning more studies that would take months instead of years in hopes of identifying the biomarkers of damage from RFR exposure.

'These findings should not be applied to human cell phone usage, ' it said.