5G Cell Phones, Cancers and Brain Tumors. Do the new 5g phone incease cancer risk?
5G Cell Phones, Cancers and Brain Tumors. Do the new 5g phone incease cancer risk?
5G Cell Phones, Cancers and Brain Tumors.
Do the new 5G phones cause Cancer?
The debate about the safety of prolonged cell phone use, especially with regard to causing cancer and tumors, has
raged since cell phonbes first hit the mass market in the 1990's. And while that debate has not reached a consensus, the new 5G category of phones has
stepped it up.
5G phones use more power than 4G. 5G uses much higher frequencies than 4G; between 25.250 GHz and less than
100 GHz. There's no doubt that as power increases, so does risk. Current FCC exposure guidelines say that humans can safely be exposed to radiation
between 300 kilohertz and 100 gigahertz.
Does this increased power translate into increased cancer?
More research needed: The FCC has repeatedly said that cell phone use is safe, and the current report (see
latest news below) agrees.
A cell phone, and a household cordless phone, use a low level form of microwave radiation to send and receive their signals. (see "How do cell phones work" here.) Microwaves, as you know, are used to cook food. As the radiation penetrates tissue it causes it to heat
by vibrating the molecules.
For much more detailed information and links to the studies about cell phones and
cancer, see this page.
February 2020 - US FDA just released results of a review of 125 experiments carried out on animals and 75 on humans between 2008
and August 2019, saying:
"“Existing epidemiological evidence indicates that if any risk does exist, it is extremely low compared to both
the natural incidence of the disease and known controllable risk factors.” That said, the FDA urged researchers to continue studying the effects
of cell phones on humans, particularly those predisposed to tumors. To date, there is no consistent or credible
scientific evidence of health problems caused by the exposure to radio frequency energy emitted by cell phones (see Review
of Published Literature between 2008 and 2018 of Relevance to Radiofrequency Radiation and Cancer -
There still is not credible evidence that cell phones cause cancer or brain tumors
in humans. But there is mounting evidence showing this in test
animals, like rats. Common sense suggests taking reasonable precautions
(see below) . Still it is not time to jump off the deep end, the link between mobile-phone use and cancer is even listed
among the American Cancer Society's
"Top 10 Cancer Myths,"
Cell phones are still relatively new, and while science does not
prove that the radiation may not be likely to cause cancer in humans, time may prove differently! And in any case, it may cause some other type of damage (certainly accidents in cars from being distracted while fumbling with the phone!)
So common sense suggests that we each take some prudent precautions; see
Precautionary Steps To Take
There are some simple steps that cell phone users can take to reduce any remaining risk:
- First, use a
earbuds, a headset or speakerphone mode. That moves the phone (and it's antenna) away from your head.
- Second, consider reserving the use of mobile phones for shorter conversations or when a conventional phone is not available.
- Third, the effects of cellular damage are greatest on growing, developing organisms (i.e., the young), so limit children's use of cell phones!
- Finally, in a car, use an external antenna mounted outside the vehicle to move the source of the radiation farther from you!
And don't believe the claims of conmen preying on people's fear of radiation, selling fraudulent devices that they say protect against radiation. These useless items are mostly sold as "shields" on the Internet. Experts says none of these devices work.
To reduce the risk of an accident while driving, here's a simple tip: enter the several numbers you call the most often in a way that brings them to the top of the list, so you can use fewer keystrokes to dial them. For example, the Motorola V60 starts with an alphabetized list when you press the multi-function button; so start your most commonly called number with "AAA", Like "aaaParents" and the next number with "AAB", like "aabHusband", then they will always appear at the top of the list, which should take fewer keystrokes and less time to dial!
Below are a variety of headsets that will allow you to use your
cellphone without the potential risks of having the transmitter close to
your ear. The blooth versions work with any mobile phone that is
bluetooth enabled, which includes Apple iPhones and most Android and
smartphones. If your phone does not have blooth, one of the wrired
versions will work justthe same. If you play music from your
phone, there are steroe headset versions that work both as a headset for
talking on the phone and for playing music. These below have the highest
customer satistfaction for both safety, reliability and voice / sound
Epidemiological and animal studies undertaken by the U.S. cell phone industry and others have yielded mixed results.
National Cancer Institute Statement: International Study Shows No
Increased Risk of Brain Tumors from Cell Phone Use - May 17, 2010
- Interphone, an international collaboration, and the largest study of
its kind to date, reported that overall, cell phone users have no
increased risk of two of the most common forms of brain cancer -- glioma
and meningioma. Furthermore, there was no evidence of risk with
progressively increasing number of calls, longer call time, or time
since the start of the use of cell phones. However, for the small
proportion of study participants who used cell phones the most "
measured as cumulative call time over their lifetime " there was a
suggestion of increased risk of glioma, though the authors call this
finding inconclusive. The study was published online May 17, 2010, in
the International Journal of Epidemiology.
"No Link Between Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumors" - 12 Apr 2005. A new study has found no link between use of cell phones and the risk of developing a brain tumor. The study is published in the April 12 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.. The Danish study questioned 427 people with brain tumors and 822 people without brain tumors about their cell phone use. The study found no increased risk for brain tumors related to cell phone use, frequency of use, or number of years of use.
- Finnish Study: February 2005: The amount of radiation most popular cell phones emit is well below agreed limits and largely in line with data published by manufacturers. The survey conducted by Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) covered 16 new models made by top handset makers including Finland's own Nokia, Motorola of the United States and South Korea's Samsung Electronics. At this level, the study found that head tissue does not warm significantly and no other harmful effects have been proved scientifically.
- Video interviews with American Cancer Society
, and other researchers.
- Orebro, Sweden, 1999: No connection: In a study published in 1999, investigators at the Orebro Medical Centre in Sweden compared the past mobile phone use of 209 Swedish brain tumor patients and 425 healthy people. Conclusion: The study found no mobile phone/brain cancer link "in virtually all respects," cancer researcher John E. Moulder, Ph.D., says in the August 2000 issue of IEEE Spectrum, the official magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Investigators did find that mobile phone users who got certain types of brain tumors tended to report using the phone on the side of the head where they developed the tumor. The study's limitations, according to Moulder, include a weak association between cell phone use and tumor development, as well as a possibility that the cancer patients' recollections were biased by already knowing on which side of their head the brain cancer developed.
- Joshua Muscat, 1999: Glioma: In a yet-unpublished study presented at a 1999 scientific meeting, researcher Joshua Muscat looked for an association between mobile phone use and a type of brain cancer called glioma. Muscat did not find evidence that cell phone use increased people's risk of this type of brain cancer generally. He did, however, observe an increase in one rare kind of glioma, which FDA scientists say might have occurred by chance. Interestingly, with increased hours of mobile phone use, the risk tended to decrease rather than increase as might be expected.
- A few animal studies have suggested that low levels of RF exposure could speed up development of cancer in laboratory animals. In one recent Australian study, for example, mice genetically altered to be predisposed to developing lymphoma got more than twice as many of these cancers when exposed to RF energy compared to mice not exposed to the radiation.
- A large number of laboratory tests have been conducted to assess RF's effects on genetic material, looking for mutations, chromosomal changes, DNA strand breaks, and structural changes in blood cells' genetic material. One kind of test, called a micronucleus assay, showed structural changes in genetic material after exposure to simulated cell phone radiation. The changes occurred only after 24 hours of continuous exposure, which experts say raises questions about this test's sensitivity to heating effects and whether that sensitivity could be solely responsible for the results.
Scientific Information About Radio Frequency Exposure
Other sources of scientific information about RF exposure and safety is available from these U.S. and international organizations:
A Local Government Official's Guide to Transmitting Antenna RF Emission Safety: Rules, Procedures, and Practical Guidance. The LSGAC and the FCC have developed this guide to aid local governmental officials and citizens in understanding safety issues related to radiofrequency emissions from telecommunications towers. [Word97 | Acrobat | News Release]