Major Study Links Cellphone Radiation and Brain Cancer

Mobile phones do appear to kill male rats

Mobile phones do appear to kill male rats

The two most significant findings: Male rats bombarded with high doses of cellphone radiation had a higher risk of a type of rare cancer called a schwannoma in the nerves surrounding the heart.

"The exposures used in our studies are not directly comparable to the exposures that humans typically experience when using a cellphone", the National Toxicology Program's John Bucher told reporters. For two years, the animals were exposed to RFR for up to nine hours a day.

Researchers found that upon exposure to high levels of RFR, there was "clear evidence" of tumors in the hearts of male mice, "some evidence" of tumors in the brains of male mice, and "some evidence" of tumors in the adrenal glands of male mice.

"In a nutshell, the present results serve only to add a little strength to the evidence available following the first report on the rat studies", Consultant for Cancer Causes and Prevention at the University of Western Australia Bruce Armstrong said.

Bucher was clear: "We believe that the link between radiofrequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real, and the external experts agreed".

The study also found some evidence that the high levels of radiation exposure were tied to the development of brain tumors in a small percentage of the male rats.

In February, those scientists were surprised enough by their findings that they issued a warning based on preliminary data: a link between cell phones and cancer was looking likely - though only in some animals.

These studies did not investigate the types of RFR used for Wi-Fi or 5G networks. The highest level was four times higher than the permitted maximum.

The study saw its rats subjected to the lowest exposure level that is equal to the maximum local tissue exposure now allowed for cell phone users.

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

"From what we now understand, it likely differs dramatically from what we studied".

Researchers were able to control the amount of radio frequency the animals received - something that isn't possible with humans.

Strangely, however, the studies found that exposure in male rats actually lengthened their lifespan, possibly linked with a decrease in chronic kidney problems found in older rats.

Currently, 95 percent of American adults use cellphones. We believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health'.

The NTP will provide the results of the studies to FDA and the Federal Communications Commission, who will review the information to monitor the potential impacts of RFR.

"We note NTP's own assessment that today's report can not be extrapolated to human cell phone usage, and the Food and Drug Administration's concurrence that "these findings should not be applied to human cell phone usage" and that 'the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health.' These conclusions are consistent with official federal brain tumor statistics showing that since the introduction of cellphones in the mid-1980s, the rate of brain tumors in the United States has decreased". There are some steps people can take to limit exposure to radiofrequency radiation.

'These findings should not be applied to human cell phone usage, ' it said.

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