NIH: cellphone cancer risk small, irradiated rats lived longer
You are being irradiated by everything. X-rays. Airplanes. Bananas. All the nuclear plants in the world. Yes, even your cellphone. And of all the things that could very much be strangling your cells, that last thing might just be the thing you’re most wary of.
Well, turns out that it’s way less likely to give you cancer than licking nuclear waste.
The National Institutes of Health, which runs the National Toxicology Program, released a study that concludes that constant exposure to radiofrequency radiation from fetal development onwards found “low incidences” lesions and tumors in the hearts and brains of male rats.
When exposed litters were born, they weighed up to 9 percent less than the control litters. The GSM-modulated group were 8 percent lighter by the time lactation started while CDMA-affected rat pups were 15 percent lighter. As feeding continued, the weight gap dropped to 6 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
While it’s true that the control group had no lesions on the heart and brain and the radiofrequency modulated group had them to a minimal extent, the report stated that “no biologically significant effects were observed in the brain or heart of female rats regardless of modulation.” Many of the lesions came at around the 90-week mark, a higher risk period for lesion development.
In fact, by the end of the two-year study, the rats’ survival rate was better in the irradiated group than in the control group. We have a full mess of tables below if you want to dig into the incidence rates.
That’s not to say that this kind of radiation isn’t a possible carcinogen, — the study adds more evidence to that pile for the NIH — but remember that bacon, burgers and freaking clean air are, too.
Just don’t drop the word “cancer” casually when you pick up your phone next time.