High exposure to cellphone radiation cancerous, says study

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

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

The debate over whether cellphones can cause cancer is sure to reignite as a new government report says that rats developed cancer after being exposed to high levels of cellphone radiation.

Researchers also found some evidence of tumours in the brain and adrenal glands of exposed male rats. During the tests, animals were housed in chambers specially designed for the studies and RFR exposure began for rats when they were five-weeks-old, while mice were exposed from six-weeks-old.

Now, it says it will echo the NTP's previous advice to the public, back in February when the preliminary results were revealed.

What is surprising, however, is that another federal health agency, the US Food and Drug Administration, disagrees with the conclusion.

While this suggestion has been dismissed by a number of researchers, studies undertaken over a number of years by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences appears to have found evidence that, at the outset, would appear to confirm these fears. "I do not believe that this and other safety issues are being taken into account adequately before the FCC auctions off 28Ghz and similar 24Ghz microwave frequencies on November 14th".

"In our studies, rats and mice received radio frequency radiation across their whole bodies", Bucher said. By contrast, people are mostly exposed in specific local tissues close to where they hold the phone.

Moreover, he said, "exposure levels and durations in our studies were greater than what people experience". The National Toxicology Program Study, The Ramazzini Institute Study, The Chou Air Force Study and The Repacholi Mice Study all proved it. There were no such significant findings in the female rats.

According to NTP, the findings do not directly apply to humans. The findings are unlikely to satisfy many people.

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The FDA notes that cell phones emit low levels of radiofrequency energy that are non-ionizing and thus not considered strong enough to permanently damage biological tissue including DNA.

Study: Cell phone radiation may affect memory What about Wi-Fi and 5G? Most phones still contain antennas that can pick up these frequencies, but rely more heavily on newer generation technology like 4G LTE and 5G, which is being rolled out across the US.

"We do believe that the tumor responses that we have seen in our studies is real and they are associated with radiofrequency radiation", Bucher said.

The National Toxicology Program studies involved about 3,000 rodents, as was detailed in the February draft report.

"Exposure to radiofrequency radiation has always been thought to be of no health concern as long as the energy level was low and didn't cause heating of the tissues", Bucher said. The researchers tracked the health of the animals from in utero to 2 years of age.

In the studies, the rats were exposed to RFR starting from when they were in the womb. This may be because the male rats exposed to radiation were less likely to develop chronic kidney problems, which are a common cause of death among older rats, the researchers said.

"The results of these studies remain relevant to current exposures, although the power levels of the exposures were much higher than typical patterns of human use".

One of the strengths of the studies was that scientists could control how much radiation the rats and mice were getting, which isn't possible when studying how humans use cell phones, Wyde said.

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