The use of mobile phones has become an integral part of modern society, with an estimated 7.7 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide. However, concerns about the potential health risks associated with mobile phone radiation have been raised for decades.
One of the most significant studies on this topic was conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which was released in 2018. The study, which is considered one of the largest conducted on the health effects of mobile phone radiation, exposed thousands of rats and mice to doses of radiation equivalent to an average mobile user’s lifetime exposure. The peer review of the study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, a heart tissue cancer in rats that is too rare to be explained as random occurrence.
Critics have raised suspicions that the NTP’s leadership tried to downplay the findings of the study, and it is notable that the peer review scientists repeatedly upgraded the confidence levels attached to the study. The peer review also found “some evidence” – one step below “clear evidence” – of cancer in the brain and adrenal glands.
The authors of the article suggest that news coverage of mobile phone safety has long reflected the outlook of the wireless industry. They claim that the industry has been orchestrating a global PR campaign aimed at misleading not only journalists, but also consumers and policymakers about the actual science concerning mobile phone radiation. The authors further claim that big wireless has borrowed the very same strategy and tactics big tobacco and big oil pioneered to deceive the public about the risks of smoking and climate change, respectively. They also mention that wireless industry CEOs lied to the public even after their own scientists privately warned that their products could be dangerous, especially to children.
It is worth noting that the study is an animal study and there is still ongoing research about the long-term effects of mobile phone radiation to human. However, the findings of the study raise important questions about the safety of mobile phone use and the need for further research to be conducted in order to fully understand the potential health risks associated with mobile phone radiation.
In conclusion, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that mobile phone radiation may have negative health effects, particularly on the risk of cancer. The findings of the NTP study, along with the concerns raised by critics and the authors of the article, highlight the need for further research to be conducted in order to fully understand the potential health risks associated with mobile phone radiation and for appropriate safety measures to be put in place to protect the public.