Researchers have released results that could be a game-changer.
The wireless industry has long maintained that there is no known proof that RF radiation causes cancer. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates health aspects of consumer products, says on its website that there is “no evidence linking cell phone use with the risk of brain tumors.” A new study just completed suggests otherwise.
A $25 million, 2.5-year study on the connection between cell phone radiation and cancer has yielded a report just released on Thursday that most people will not want to hear. The study suggests that radio-frequency (RF) radiation, (the kind emitted by cellphones) may indeed, cause cancer.
The extensive federal study, done by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) showed that male rats exposed to two types of RF radiation were much more likely to develop a type of brain cancer called a glioma, and also had a higher chance of developing the rare, malignant tumor known as schwannoma of the heart, than unexposed rats.
The radiation was comparable to the same percentage of radiation humans are exposed to when they use their cell phones. When the intensity of radiation was increased, the incidence of cancer in the rats increased. The researchers say the results of the study are conclusive that RF radiation may indeed cause cancer.
Chris Portier, a former associate director of NTP, commissioned the study. He is now a scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, but says NTP “does the best animal bioassays in the world… their reputation is stellar. So if they are telling us this was positive in this study, that’s a concern. We seriously have to look at this again in considerable detail.”
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In the United States, of about 25,000 malignant brain tumors diagnosed each year, 80 percent are gliomas. Malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer deaths in adolescents and adults ages 15 to 39.
The authors of the NTP study did not say how their results might translate into cancer risk for humans. But “given the extremely large number of people who use wireless communication devices,” they wrote, “even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to RFR resulting from those devices could have broad implications for public health.”
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