Cell Phone and Cancer risk

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 Cell Phone and Cancer risk

USA: American Academy of Paediatrics advise parents to reduce their children’s exposure to cell phone. The AAP is basing its advice on  recent research from a U.S. National Toxicology Program study which found that repeated exposure to wireless cellphones caused rats to develop highly malignant heart and brain cancers. As the AAP caution, this study was done on rats and not humans and the rats were exposed to a great deal of cellphone radiation – far more than the average even heavy user. However, the lead toxicologist at the NTP, Ronald L. Melnick, PhD said:

“The findings of brain tumors (gliomas) and malignant schwann cell tumors of the heart in the NTP study, as well as DNA damage in brain cells, present a major public health concern because these occurred in the same types of cells that have been reported to develop into tumors in epidemiological studies of adult cell phone users.” So it may only have been rats that developed the tumours but the correlation with adults is very strong.

“For children,” Mr Melnick went on, ” the cancer risks may be greater than that for adults because of greater penetration and absorption of cell phone radiation in the brains of children and because the developing nervous system of children is more susceptible to tissue-damaging agents. Based on this new information, regulatory agencies need to make strong recommendations for consumers to take precautionary measures and avoid close contact with their cell phones, and especially limit or avoid use of cell phones by children.”