A study conducted by National Toxicology Program (NTP), on February 2, 2018, reveals that neither male nor female rats showed any health issues on exposure to radiofrequency radiation.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decides the degree of safe radiofrequencies emitted by cellphones and thus asked the division within the National Institutes of Health— National Toxicology Program (NTP—to investigate the levels of safety. Jeffrey Shuren, the director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said that the limits currently imposed on cellphone radiation are still safe.
The study included exposure of radiofrequencies of 2G and 3G to entire bodies of rodents for over nine hours per day, for up to two years. The study strikes an equivalency between a two-year old rat and a 70-year-old person.
The rats were exposed to much higher frequencies, than that usually experienced by humans. John Bucher, senior scientist at NTP, said “So, these findings should not be directly extrapolated to human cell phone usage.”
FDA reported that despite the unusually high levels of radiation exposure, the link established between cancer and radiations were ambiguous. The study found that rats who were exposed to cell phone radiation lived longer than those who were not.
The FDA further stated that, “Even with frequent daily use by the vast majority of adults, we have not seen an increase in events like brain tumors.” Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at American Cancer Society, said “The evidence for an association between cellphones and cancer is weak, and so far, we have not seen a higher cancer risk in people. I am actually holding my cellphone up to my ear.”
Previous studies that reveal a strong link between cancer and cellphone radiation are thus negated by this recent study. In fact, this radiation has also shown signs of increased life span among rats. However, studies are yet to be conducted on humans, to prove true.