The possibility that cell phone radiation may cause cancer was a subject of dozens of studies since cell phones become common in the 90s. However, some studies didn’t clearly show a connection between cell phone radiation and cancer. On the other hand, some of these studies showed it is possible that cancer tumors growth to be influenced by cell phone radiation.
Yesterday, the National Toxicology Program at the US Department of Health and Human Services released two reports. Unfortunately, these reports only increase the cell phone radiation enigma.
The National Toxicology Program’s reports were based on two studies, one conducted on mice, and one conducted on rats.
The studies involved 3,000 mice and rats which were exposed to radiation similar to that of the cell phones. Among the male rats, scientists observed tumors in 6% of them, while in mice and female rats the studies weren’t conclusive.
“In our complete evaluation, we again had a lower level of certainty that small increases in the numbers of male rats with tumors in the brains were associated with exposures to cell phone radio-frequency radiation. These findings are termed ‘equivocal evidence of carcinogenic activity,’ meaning it was unclear if the tumors were related to the exposures,” said John Bucher, the National Toxicology Program’s senior scientist, and studies’ leader.
The FDA has proposed cell phone radiation for carcinogenicity and toxicology testing since 1999. Unfortunately, not even today, almost 20 years after, the pieces of evidence that link cell phone radiation to cancer are not conclusive and scientists can’t make the connection between daily cell phones use and brain cancers cases.
However, until some more conclusive studies to prove or dismiss the risks, scientists recommend cell phone users not to exaggerate with mobile phones use. Even more, kids shouldn’t be allowed to use mobile devices for long periods of time, daily, as their skulls are thinner than the adults’ and the radiation, harmful or not, might penetrate their skulls and reach the brain.