Toxicology studies dating back to more than 10 years in the making have found out that high exposure to radiation from radio frequencies used by cell phones was the cause of tumors in male rats.
The National Toxicology Program, which released the results of its studies on Thursday, costing about $30 million, found that radio frequency radiation (RFR) similar to that used during the time of 2G and 3G cell phones is associated with heart tumors found in male rats. The studies also found evidence of radiation being linked to tumors in the brains and adrenal glands of male rats.
John Bucher, a senior scientist at NTP, said in a statement that the researchers believe the link between radio frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real and that external experts agreed with their findings.
Bucher and his teams examined radiation similar to that used in 2G and 3G cell phones. Because the studies were designed in the time when those networks were standard. However, the studies didn’t look into the kinds of RFR used in WiFi or 5G networks.
Lead toxicologist Michael Wyde stated that 5G is an emerging technology that hasn’t really been defined yet and it is likely that it differs dramatically from what they have studied.
The studies are considered to be an important step in understanding RFR’s impact on humans. But the exposures cannot be directly compared to human experiences, said Bucher. The rats and mice in the study were exposed to RFRs throughout their bodies, while humans are only exposed to radiation near where they keep their phones.
The NTP is going to share the results of the studies with the US Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications Commission. These organizations will then review the information as part of their monitoring of research on the potential effects of RFR.