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Government study finds cellphone-cancer link

By T.K. Randall
May 27, 2016 · Comment icon 63 comments



Could mobile phones be harmful to your health ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
The findings suggest that exposure to cellphone radiation may cause brain and heart cancers in rats.
The debate over whether cellphone use has the potential to cause cancer in humans has been raging on for almost as long as mobile devices have been in existence.

This latest research, which has been conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, exposed rats to the same type of radiation produced by cellphones for nine hours a day, every day, for two years and found a statistically significant incidence of tumors - especially in male rats.

The findings are likely to rekindle the argument over whether cellphones are harmful and could lead to a reclassification by the World Health Organizationís International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which currently considers cellphone radiation to be "possibly carcinogenic".
That said however there is still much work to be done to determine the significance of these results.

"This study in mice and rats is under review by additional experts," NIH said in a statement.

"It is important to note that previous human, observational data collected in earlier, large-scale population-based studies have found limited evidence of an increased risk for developing cancer from cell phone use."

Source: TIME | Comments (63)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #54 Posted by questionmark 7 years ago
quite, that is because water tends to cause disconnects on high voltage lines. But that is not really dangerous (unless somebody left his hydrogen bottle open nearby). †
Comment icon #55 Posted by curious24 7 years ago
Since cell phones became popular, I† was suspicious of them.† You place them right near your ear while you are phoning so the radiation† doesn't have to go far to get to your brain.† Also one advantage of being old is that I remember things.† In the Fifties scientists used to say that all you had to do is stand behind that tree to be safe when either the hydrogen or atomic bomb was detonated. Soldiers started dying of cancer.† Also since cell phones started becoming popular brain cancer at least doubled.† It used to be very rare. †
Comment icon #56 Posted by questionmark 7 years ago
It did not double in fact, esophageal cancer grew much faster:
Comment icon #57 Posted by and then 7 years ago
Exactly so. †I think the average person who travels often by air gets far more of a dose. †Being a former radiographer, I learned not to stress over much on exposure while being careful to follow the rules. †In our modern world we face lots of hazards and it's more of a cumulative effect that causes most cancers.
Comment icon #58 Posted by bmk1245 7 years ago
Ermmm... (link)
Comment icon #59 Posted by aztek 7 years ago
something fishy here, in one sentence it says control group had LESS tumors, than the next one says they did not even get a chance to get tumors.† †
Comment icon #60 Posted by Hawkin 7 years ago
If that study is true, then I guess cellphones are a lethal weapon.††More people own cellphones then guns. And you know how the liberals want to put more restrictions on them.
Comment icon #61 Posted by bmk1245 7 years ago
Nothing fishy, maybe just†wording slightly unclear. To put it simply: control group lived shorter (on average), thus had less chances to get cancer (as cancer incidence rates increase with age).
Comment icon #62 Posted by questionmark 7 years ago
And that is the small secret all cancer researcher keep to themselves: any living organism, if it lives long enough, will develop some kind of cancer. And the higher specialized that organism is the greater the damage it will cause in it. What is always forgotten in these cancer debated is that even if you keep away from all cancer accelerators, unless you die of something else first, you will get cancer. So the question to ask yourself is: do I want to become a monk in a cave or do I want to live?
Comment icon #63 Posted by Yamato 7 years ago
† We get cancer because we're exposed to toxins from our environments and diets that overwhelmed our immune system, with or without the cell phone.†† Talk on a cell phone a lot?† Put some hot dogs on the grill, too! † What's exciting is that they can find the cancer early now, and treat it immediately with up to four deadly old treatments: chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and chemical preions galore.†† Those annoying tinfoil hat wearing people back then who kept whining that cigarettes are bad for you, lol.


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