Cell Phones Cause Cancer: An Old Study With New Results

Cell Phones Cause Cancer: An Old Study With New Results

Studies in the past have had mixed results about radio frequency and cell phones' impact on certain health problems, such as an increased risk of tumors. About 6 percent of the rats exposed to the highest level of radiation studied developed schwannomas in their hearts, whereas there was no evidence of schwannomas in a group of rats that were not exposed to radiation, according to John Bucher, a senior scientist at the NTP. "We studied the maximum that one could achieve during a call in a poorer-connection situation". Some groups were exposed up to 18.5 hours per day for two years. This is a situation, obviously, that people are not going to be encountering in utilizing cell phones.

"It's a situation that allows us to express a potential biological event if one is going to occur", Bucher said.

"The levels and duration of exposure to [radiofrequency radiation] were much greater than what people experience with even the highest level of cellphone use, and exposed the rodents' whole bodies", said Bucher.

Researchers also saw increases in damage to heart tissue in both male and female rats. That descriptor ranked just below the highest standard, "clear evidence of carcinogenic activity".

This animal evidence, together with the extensive human evidence from case-control studies on brain cancer in Sweden, France, Canada and other countries, coupled with the rising incidence of brain cancers in young people in the United States of America, conclusively confirms that radiofrequency radiation is a category 1 human carcinogen.

It's a new take on an old study, cell phones cause cancer.




Bucher said the effect likely only showed up in the male rats because they were larger, and likely absorbed more radiation than the female rats or mice.

Anthony Miller MD issues statement on the NIH/NIEHS National Toxicology Program (NTP) study linking cell phone radiation to tumors. At the time, they noted the overall tumor incidence was low, even though increased in the exposed versus control groups. It's true that cell phones do emit radiation.

The Federal Communications Commission sets exposure limits for radio-frequency energy from cellphones, but relies on the FDA and other health agencies for scientific advice on determining the limits, the statement says. "We believe the current safety limits for cellphones are acceptable for protecting the public health".

Bucher briefly reviewed the study design. But the radiofrequency radiation from a cellphone doesn't work that way - and today's results support that. "We can not ignore this but must act quickly to reduce exposure to radiofrequency radiation from all sources to as low as reasonably achievable, especially for children".

Results from the study indicated that the male rats which showed carcinogenic activity were exposed to a radiofrequency energy exposure rate "much higher" than the current standard, and that now FDA safety limits are set to include a 50-fold safety margin from observed effects of RF energy exposure, according to the FDA release. And earlier this December, the California Department of Public Health released its long debated-over and controversial guidelines on how to lower your exposure to mobile phone radiation, amidst criticisms the guidelines were overzealous and would only further stoke confusion for the public.

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