Cellphone Radiation Links to Cancer in Male Rats

Ruben Fields
November 4, 2018

The National Toxicology Program concluded there's "clear evidence" that prolonged exposure to high levels of radio-frequency radiation, like that used in 2-G and 3-G cellphones, triggers cancerous brain and heart tumors in lab rats.

"The $25 million US National Toxicology Program Study has proven again what other studies have shown us that wireless radiation is a Class 1 Human Carcinogen like cigarette smoke and asbestos and should be treated as such". Among the female mice, however, the evidence was unclear as to whether the cancers observed in them are associated with RFR.

In addition, the entire bodies of the mice were exposed to RFR during the study, as compared to the localized exposure that humans get while using their gadgets. Bucher added that the mice were also exposed to radiation across their whole bodies, which is not what happens in people, who instead receive only local exposure to the specific area where they hold the phone.

"Not carrying the phone in your trousers, or your bra or your shirt pocket, and not allowing children to use cellphones, because they're most vulnerable to this radiation; it penetrates deeper into their bodies", says Scarato.

It found positive but relatively modest evidence that radio waves from some types of mobile phones could raise the risk that male rats develop brain cancer. The highest exposure level in the studies was four times higher than the maximum power level permitted.

The lowest level of radiation was equivalent to the maximum level that cellphones are allowed to emit in the U.S. But the researchers noted that a typical cellphone user rarely ever reaches this level.

"We studied the effects of almost lifetime exposures to two different types, or modulations, of RFR (GSM and CDMA) used in cellular telephone networks in the United States in male and female rats and mice to identify potential toxicity or cancer-related hazards".

Yes, cell phone radiation was linked to cancer in a new study, according to BuzzFeed News, but before you freak out, you should know that even the authors of the study are saying it's nothing to worry about.

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Plus, FDA pointed out confusing findings from the rodent study - such as that the radiated rats lived longer than comparison rats that weren't exposed to the rays. Those were specifically looked into because they were the standard when the study was designed and is still being used today by some, though less commonly so.

The studies saw RFR exposure begin as early as the womb for rat test subjects and continue for up to two years (the subjects' natural lifespans). The animals were exposed for up to two years, for about nine hours a day (with 10 minutes of exposure and 10-minute breaks in between).

The NTP did say it is taking steps to evaluate newer telecommunications technologies in the coming weeks or months.

Future studies will focus on developing measurable physical indicators, or biomarkers, of potential effects from RFR. These may include changes in metrics like DNA damage in exposed tissues, which can be detected much sooner than cancer.

Then, the central issue at hand: "In both studies (GSM and CDMA), exposure to RFR in male rats resulted in higher numbers of animals with tumors of the heart and brain".

The National Toxicology Program Study, The Ramazzini Institute Study, The Chou Air Force Study and The Repacholi Mice Study all proved it.

About the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS): NIEHS supports research to understand the effects of the environment on human health and is part of NIH.

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