My renewed interest on the topic of cellphone use and cancer was stirred up by various news sources today quoting a Wall Street Journal article, Cellphone Cancer Link Found in Government Study (WSJ May 27, 2016).
The report is not someone's opinion, it is a multiyear, peer-reviewed study that found low incidences of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cellphones
“Where people were saying there’s no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement,” said Ron Melnick, who ran the NTP project until retiring in 2009 and recently reviewed the study’s results.
What's the harm in some cautious concern?
I have worked in various forms of radio technology. I worked in nuclear, biological, and chemical defense. There are numerous studies raising concerns about the potential dangers of exposure to EMF, Electromagnetic Fields. I wonder what are the long term risks to continuous exposure.
There are many more types of various wireless technology and EMF in our environment today than there was 30 years ago. Do you ever wonder about possible health risks? I've always said when it comes to various forms of wireless technology, what's the harm in some cautious concern?
Like many dangers in our world, the risks are often dismissed as nothing serious. I've made comments in various online forums over the years that I don't think people should quickly dismiss the possible health risks. But the internet is full of experts with opinions. Because I don't have a degree in physics or medicine my remarks raising questions on the possible health risks are often jumped on by "experts" who quickly state, "No. Not at all. It's not possible."
From a follow up article in the Huffington post they try to spin their perspective on the government study stating that "It didn’t prove cellphones are deadly, but maybe take some precautions."
The Huffington post article also includes this quote from Michael Hansen of Consumer Reports, "Does this mean you should stop using cell? No. But we need to wake up from this notion that there is no biological effect."
I'm not giving my reasons why I believe in any reasons for concern, there's enough "experts" who would agree with me. A few months ago I raised the question of possible health dangers of long term exposure to wireless networks on the Guru42 technology blog. Based on the new recently released reports, I'd like to stir up the question once again.
More resources to learn more
Here's a recent article from Forbes magazine (JAN 13, 2015), not some tabloid: Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought
I found the following resource, who has far more knowledge of the issues, Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Oncology and Cancer Epidemiology at the University Hospital in Orebro (Sweden), and a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph Working Group. According to Dr. Hardell, "Epidemiological evidence shows that radiofrequency should be classified as a human carcinogen."
Here's one more resource to read for anyone who feels there is zero risk of health issues from EMF, check out this link to CDC and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health publications on EMF.
I am not trying to be a doom and gloom alarmist, but it really bothers me when people pound their chests as experts, spout a few buzzwords, and say "it's not possible," when research raises concerns to the contrary. Anyone who says there are absolutely no possible health effects of cellphone use and other types of wireless network is simply putting their head in the sand.