Mobile phones don’t necessarily lead to cancer, contrary to what we were made to believe last week. We already knew that we shouldn’t trust in everything we see on the Internet. Now, are we to start doubting the results of clinical studies? Many publications, even major ones, may be wrongly trumpeting incorrect information. Which is wrong on more levels than one, because these findings are presented as an absolute truth and the public is not able to develop informed opinions.
The research suggesting that mobiles phones might be a triggering factor for cancer was conducted by the US National Toxicology Program. This extensive study concluded that hyperplastic lesions and glial cell neoplasms in the subject’s (rat’s) heart and brain were likely caused by radiation similar to that emitted by mobile phones.
But the study did not use exposure levels applicable to mobile phones. It used SARs of 1.5 watts per kilogram of body mass while the maximum allowable SAR is 0.08 watts per kilogram. The finding brings nothing new, as researchers have already concluded that radio-frequencies (RF) levels cause damage to the tissue. Because of this, an urgent health communication was in no way necessary. Mobile phones don’t necessarily lead to cancer.
And there are other aspects that raise a few questions. Why did the control animals (which haven’t been exposed to high levels of RF) die earlier than the exposed ones? And how come the control rats have not developed tumors? Control mice are expected to develop some tumors sometime in their lives.
Some crucial information is also missing from the research. For example, data on how statistics account for the early death rate, and information about randomization. More so, no substantial cancer uptick in the dosed female rats was observed, and the scientists have not released data on males or females.
Because of such a high amount of missing information, it’s too soon to start worrying. This study will most likely be replicated as to provide the information that is now either missing, or unrevealed by researchers at the US National Toxicology Program. Previous studies on the matter have not concluded an association between mobile phones and cancer rates. Don’t get rid of your cell phone just yet.
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