Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Relax! Using your cellphone at work won't give you cancer

Relax! Using your cellphone at work won't give you cancer

The study, which was conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), was compiled by studying 3,000 mice and rats exposed to wide variety of cell phone radiation levels.

In 2016 - early days in the research timeline - the NIH scientists released preliminary data warning that it seemed there was a very possible link between cell phone radiation and cancer.

In a bid to clarify matters, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which plays a key role in developing U.S. cellphone regulations, asked the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National Institutes of Health to launch studies examining the issue.

Simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults ...

However, the two 10-year, $25 million studies - the most comprehensive assessments of health effects and exposure to radiofrequency radiation in rats and mice to date - do raise new questions about exposure to the ubiquitous devices. While the United States has transitioned to 4G, 4G-LTE and 5G networks in recent years, the 2G and 3G frequencies are still used in voice calls and texting. And exposed rats lived longer than those who weren't exposed. A draft report was released on Friday for public comment and peer review, in advance of an external expert review on March 26-28. Because the rodents were exposed to radiation levels we would not typically experience, John Bucher, the lead author behind the research, said that the findings have not caused him to personally change how he uses his cellphone. The authors said that because the rodents were exposed to radiation at levels higher than what individuals who use their phones frequently are exposed to, these results can not be applied to humans, according to the article.

Frequent daily cellphone use is not a health risk, other top science groups and researchers stressed.

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"We don't have any idea really", Bucher said. Interestingly, the babies developed to be normal sized and did not show any other developmental defects.

EWG has been at the forefront of public interest organizations raising concerns about cellphone use and cancer.

The new reports were based on data from two years of study pursued in a quest to determine whether cellphones - our main source of exposure to radiofrequency radiation - are emitting waves that increase our risk of cancer. He noted some additional unusual findings in the study, and said his team is continuing to assess them, but emphasized that based on all available scientific information the agency does not believe there are adverse health effects in humans caused by cellphone radiation.

"Fortunately, since then, there have been hundreds of studies from which to draw a wealth of information about these technologies which have come to play an important role in our everyday lives".

Two long-awaited studies of how cellphone radiation affects the health of mice and rats, released yesterday, are giving scientists plenty to think about-but the findings won't resolve the decades-old uncertainty surrounding the issue. The new studies, when combined with previous research, have "given us the confidence that the current safety limits for cellphone radiation remain acceptable for protecting the public health".

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