Recent studies showed a small increase in a kind of heart tumor for male rats after exposure to massive amounts of cell phone radiation. Don’t panic though, as the researchers say the amounts of the radiation was more than the heaviest cellphone users would ever experience.
Conducted by the National Institutes of Health, especially by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), one of the studies shows that male rats exposed to a massive amount of radiofrequency radiation caused tumor around their hearts. Neither female rats nor male or female mice in a second study showed the same problem, though all of them were exposed to the same amount of radiation. None of the studies could give clear evidence on the ongoing concern about whether cellphone radiation can give you cancer. However, the researchers say they will continue to investigate.
A STAT News reports, a 2 years old aged rat is roughly comparable to a 70 years old person. For up to two years, the rodents were exposed to radio waves for more than nine hours per day. Instead of the frequencies used on more advanced 4G and 5G networks, the studies used frequencies used on 2G or 3G networks. And according to John Bucher, a senior scientist with the NTP, these exposures were much higher than people would normally experience with the heaviest use of cellphones.
“So, these findings should not be directly extrapolated to human cell phone usage,” he says.
Is your cell phone safe for you?
You may wonder if the cell phone radiation does any harm to your brain. Well, cell phones do discharge radiations, but those are RF radiation. And, it has much lower energy than the ionizing radiation you would usually get from X-ray or nuclear fallout. Unlike ionizing radiation, RF radiation doesn’t cause DNA damage, which eventually leads to cancer, and the recent studies support that.
Also, the Food and Drug Administration is concerned about whether the RF radiations limited by the Federal Communication Commission are safe. So, as per FDA’s instruction, the NTP investigated and ensured that the current limits are safe. The FDA also believes that the links to cancer are still “mostly equivocal, or ambiguous,” even with these unusually high level of exposure. The studies show that the rats exposed to cell phone radiation actually seemed to live longer than those who didn’t. And if you’re still not convinced, you can also read the entire report here.