Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

I have been hearing about a large increase in brain tumors and since the invention of a cell phone I have been an advocate of using a headset when talking on the phone.  Now, a federal study suggests that radio-frequency (RF) radiation used with cellphones, can cause cancer.

A two and a half year study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), showed male rats exposed to two types of RF radiation had a higher chance than unexposed rats to develop glioma (a brain cancer) and schwannoma (malignant tumor of the heart).

This radiation is not very different than what humans receive when talking on the phone.

Increased intensity of the radiation increased the incidence of cancer in the rats. Although cell phone companies have been denying the risks of RF Radiation, gamma rays and x-rays are known to be carcinogens.  ionizing radiation, which includes gamma rays and X-rays, is widely accepted as a carcinogens.  This study now support that RF radiation should be added as a carcinogen.

“The NTP does the best animal bioassays in the word,” said Chris Portier, a former associate director of the NTP who commissioned the study.  “Their reputation is stellar. So if they are telling us this was positive in this study, that’s a concern.”

The NTP decided to investigate the possible carcinogen capacity of cellphone radiation in 2001, because of studies showing a correlation between gliomas and cellphone use. Some of the studies showed that the cancers were on the same side of the head where users held their phones. But other epidemiological studies haven’t found links between cancer and cellphones.

The Food and Drug Administration, disagrees and only mentions a risk of brain tumors if carrying cellphones too close to the body.

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.  Why is this?  Why are kids getting brain cancer.  This has to be more than a coincidence.

The wireless industry and high tech sites who benefit from such use, state that the science on cellphone safety is not factual but hypothetical and not proven.

We spend a lot of time on cell phones, Ipad etc. and we should be studying the affects to our bodies.  We need to in order to find out what risks there are with this technology and what we can do to avoid risk.  Our health depends on it.

References: Mother Jones 2016: Federal study links cell phone radiation to cancer.