New study shows no human brain cancer risk from cellphone use

New study shows no human brain cancer risk from cellphone use
Two government tests that were part of an National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIH)/National Toxicology Program (NTP) study, blasted mice and rats with cellphone radiation. This did not end well for some of the rodents. There was a slight increase in a rare heart tumor discovered in the male rats, although the mice and female rats were unscathed. The good news, at least as far as humans are concerned, is that the testing revealed no reason for humans to worry about getting brain tumors from prolonged cellphone use.

The American Cancer Society's chief medical officer, Dr. Otis Brawley, made a point of saying, "I am actually holding my cellphone up to my ear." The Doctor pointed out that the rodent tests did not reflect real-life human usage of cellphones, and he added that the connection between cellphones and cancer in humans is "weak." He added that if you are worried about the results of the study, you should use an earpiece. That would keep the actual handset from being put up to your head while on a call.

The rats and mice in the tests were hit with cellphone radiation for nine hours a day, over two-years. Lead author of the study, John Bucher of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said that the level of radiation that the mice and rats were exposed to happens only briefly in real-life use. Bucher said that humans experience this only when a cellphone receiving a weak signal uses more energy trying to find a stronger connection. In real life, humans are exposed to cellphone radiation at a rate that is "very, very, very much lower than what we studied."


The FDA poured $25 million into the study and said that cellphone use is safe in humans. FDA radiation health chief Dr. Jeffrey Shuren said, "The current safety limits for cellphones are acceptable for protecting the public health."

Ironically, the rats and mice that were blasted with radiation from cellphones lived longer than a group of non-radiated rodents. Doctors concluded that the radiation might have reduced inflammation, which lowered the odds of the radiated rats and mice contracting a fatal disease.

source: AP

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13 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Thumbs up!

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

An interesting read.

5. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I don't believe anything these people say about disease and the etiology thereof when they have so much to profit from people actually contacting said diseases. Rat models are not always accurate, though, as high dose ascorbic acid is bad for them and harmless for us.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2692; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Poor rats. I hope they had a good time in the lab. In any case; I mostly rely on texts. Calls are a nuisance for me. 1. Calls must be answered. 2. Calls require you to talk aloud. 3. Calls can't be read later. 4. Calls can't have a log. 5. Calls require your immediate attention. Besides, according to Wikipedia; more than 350 of text messages per minute can be transmitted at the same data rate as a usual voice call (9 kbit/s). #SaveTheEnvironment. G'Day!

7. jacky899

Posts: 347; Member since: May 16, 2017

Testing on rats is but maybe a few months. Humansbuse cell phones for dozens of years. The chronic exposure in human use is completely different from short term rat testing. Cancer can take many years to develop but rats normally have life expectency of only 2 years

8. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Before a decade ago, I remember articles that says cell phones don't cause cancer are old news. Shouldn't we be past these studies such as how we all know that smoking is bad and we don't need any new study to show us a bad effect of smoking.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3091; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

In less than 6 months we'll see article titled "New study show that smartphone may increase brain cancer risk".

11. CDexterWard

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I remember in flip phone days reading up on SAR ratings because cell phone radiation was still a new and unknown thing back in the day. I hardly ever see that info posted anymore (but it is available). Time flies!

12. gamehead unregistered

good news

13. cmdacos

Posts: 3806; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

These tests shouldnt be performed on animals, they should be tested on prisoners serving life sentences and orange-hued presidents.

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