Cross Talk: Federal Agencies Clash on Cell Phone Cancer Risk

05 Novembre, 2018, 19:40 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Cross Talk: Federal Agencies Clash on Cell Phone Cancer Risk

The National Toxicology Program initiated a study with 3,000 rodents to determine whether or not cell phones could cause cancer back during the Clinton administration, and the final results of that $30 million effort have finally been released.

A National Institutes of Health study released on Thursday warns that cell phone radiation can cause cancers of the heart, brain and adrenal glands.

This is a finding of the National Toxicology Programme (NTP).

Furthermore, NTP also found evidence of low birth weight among newborn rats and their mothers when exposed to high levels of RFR during pregnancy and lactation.

Interestingly, the researchers found that the male mice that were exposed to cellphone radiation actually lived longer than those that were not exposed.

What does this mean for us?

"In our studies, rats and mice received radio frequency radiation across their whole bodies", Bucher said.

What's more, the rodents were exposed to cellphone radiation - known as radio-frequency radiation - at greater levels, and for much longer periods, than what people experience, the researchers said.

Study: Cell phone radiation may affect memory What about Wi-Fi and 5G? The studies didn't look into the kinds of RFR used for WiFi or 5G networks. 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.

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"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 cellphone use in humans, so we can not draw conclusions about the risks of cellphone use from it", Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, who was not involved with the study, said in a statement. That level of exposure rarely occurs in typical mobile phone use, the toxicology agency said. It is considered the most comprehensive assessment to date of the effects of RFR from modulations used in 2G and 3G cell phones.

"The study also found that about 5-7 per cent of the male rats exposed to the highest level of radiation developed certain heart tumours, called schwannomas, compared to none in the control group", the NYT reports.

The lowest exposure level used for the study was equal to the maximum local tissue exposure now allowed for cellphone users, the report states.

A major study now finds evidence of cancer risk on male mice, but humans need not worry.

Currently, 95 percent of American adults use cellphones.

"Based on our ongoing evaluation of this issue, the totality of the available scientific evidence continues to not support adverse health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current radiofrequency energy exposure limits", Shuren said.

Dr Bucher added: "We believe that the link between radio frequency radiation and tumours in male rats is real, and the external experts agreed". We believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health'.

Future studies will focus on developing measurable physical indicators, or biomarkers, of potential effects from RFR.

In the NTP studies, the report notes, exposure was way more than what happens through average duration of cellphone usage.

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