The National Toxicology Program (NTP) carried out a US $25million study, which spanned over 2.5 years. Now, we have gotten to know the findings of this study and these are indeed startling!
The study was centered (Pdf) on the role of cellphone radiation in encouraging cancerous cells within humans. The study identified that there is a possible link between cellphone radiation and cancer in rats. The NTP is associated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Radiations refer to the radio-frequency or RF radiation that is emitted by cellular devices. These radiations can cause cancer among humans as it was proven by their study on rats.
In order to evaluate it, the research team examined pregnant rats, which were kept in specially designed chambers. After these rats delivered their pups, the rats were exposed to RF radiation from cellphones for approx. 9 hours daily. The report states:
“All RF exposures were conducted over a period of approximately 18 hours using a continuous cycle of 10 minutes on (exposed) and 10 minutes off (not exposed), for a total daily exposure time of approximately 9 hours a day, 7 days/week.”
Their findings suggest that male rats that were continuously exposed to RF radiations were highly likely to develop Glioma, a kind of brain cancer, and schwannoma, which is a very rare and dangerous heart tumor.
“The occurrences of two tumor types in male Harlan Sprague Dawley rats exposed to RFR (radio frequency radiation), malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas of the heart, were considered of particular interest, and are the subject of this report.”
As shocking as it may sound, the research revealed that female rats didn’t experience vulnerability to cancer as the report states that: “No biologically significant effects were observed in the brain or heart of female rats regardless of modulation.”
In this regard, what’s extremely important for us to know is that these rats were exposed to a somewhat similar level of radiation that we humans receive when we use mobile phones, claims former associate director of the NTP and the study’s research’s team member Chris Portier. When the intensity of radiation was increased, the vulnerability to cancer among rats also heightened.
According to Portier, this finding is a “game-changer,” and that it is important to “look at this issue again in considerable detail,” as cited by Mother Jones.
The NTP has also held a conference on the coming Friday where they will reveal partial findings of their study while the complete report will be published in 2017. It is evident that these findings can impose a significant impact on the majority of world populace since the use of mobile phones is so widespread. In its year 2013 report, the UN revealed that six billion out of the total 7 billion people on earth had access to cellphones.
A similar study conducted in Australia was also released this month in which the agenda was to track the possibility of having brain cancer due to cellphone usage. The study spanned over decades as it was started in 1982 when mobile phones were non-existent and concluded in 2012. This particular study suggested that there wasn’t any significant rise noticed with cellphone use while other studies on the same topic also couldn’t identify any link.
However, this study is groundbreaking as it has defied the results of all the previous studies. It must be noted that two wireless protocols that are quite common in cellphones, namely GSM and CDMA were used upon rats ranging from 900 megahertz to 1900 megahertz frequencies. Also, we must not forget that the WHO classified cellphones as Group 2B carcinogens in 2011, which came as a surprise back then as this group includes car exhaust, coffee, pickled vegetables, and DDT pesticide. So we can say that the WHO believes that cellphones are quite possibly “carcinogenic to humans.”
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