Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Mobile phone use linked to cancer

Mobile phone use linked to cancer

Web Desk: Researchers has claimed that they have found "clear evidence" that shows radiation from cell phone does cancer, reported Dailymail.

The experiment, by the National Toxicology Program, found positive but relatively modest evidence that radio waves from some types of cellphones could raise the risk that male rats develop brain cancer.

However, researchers note the evidence was less clear when it came to female rats. The NTP does have concerns the study will be criticized because they did use outdated technology, so they're working on building exposure chambers that will allow them to evaluate newer technologies, The New York Times reports."We do think the tumor responses here are real", John Bucher, senior scientist of the NTP, told BuzzFeed News during a telephone briefing to reporters.

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

"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.

The exposure levels and lengths were also greater in the studies.

Asked about his own cellphone use, Bucher said he had never been a heavy user but, in light of the study, was now "a little more aware" of his usage.

"Consequently", says Melnick, "I believe that new wireless technologies, including 5G, should be adequately tested before their implementation leads to unacceptable levels of human exposures and increased health risks".

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.

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Toxicology studies more than 10 years in the making have found that high exposure to radiation from radio frequencies used by cell phones was linked to tumors in male rats. 2G and 3G networks were standard when the studies were designed and are still used for phone calls and texting. The studies did not investigate exposure to the radio frequency radiation used for Wi-Fi or 5G networks.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while animal studies contribute to discussions on the topic, "this study was not created to test the safety of cell phone use in humans, so we can not draw conclusions about the risks of cell phone use from it".

On the other hand, all the weirdness that criticized their colleagues, did not disappear - the animals somehow lived on average longer than the irradiation of radio waves than normal conditions, and the number of tumors is not very varied at higher doses. "This may be explained by an observed decrease in chronic kidney problems that are often the cause of death in older rats", Wyde said. The RFR exposure was intermittent, 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off, totaling about nine hours each day.

RFR levels ranged from 1.5 to 6 watts per kilogramme in rats, and 2.5 to 10 watts per kilogramme in mice. These studies will focus on developing measurable physical indicators, or biomarkers, of potential effects from RFR.

About the National Toxicology Program (NTP): NTP is a federal, interagency program headquartered at NIEHS, whose goal is to safeguard the public by identifying substances in the environment that may affect human health.

He said the overall findings of the study - 384 pages devoted to rats, 260 to mice - had been conveyed to the Federal Communications Commission and the FDA.

"If scientists can better understand biological changes in animals, they will know more about what to look for in humans", the NTP said in its fact sheet on the study.

But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists that the danger does not apply to humans. For more information about NTP and its programs, visit https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov.

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