Do smartphones cause cancer? It depends upon who you ask. A certain percentage of humanity will believe anything all the time and without any proof. Even science doesn’t agree on whether your iPhone will give you ear lobe cancer or brain cancer but a stack of iPhones in a rat’s cage might.
That’s the word from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on The National Toxicology Program on rat and mouse studies of radio frequency radiation used in cellphones. In simpler terms, enough radiation can kill you but not Godzilla. Go figure.
There is clear evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation (RFR) like that used in 2G and 3G cell phones developed cancerous heart tumors
When science speaks, we should listen, right? How about the Mayo Clinic’s conclusions on studies of actual humans vs. rates and mice?
- In one study that followed more than 420,000 cellphone users over a 20-year period, researchers found no evidence of a link between cellphones and brain tumors.
- Another study found an association between cellphones and cancer of the salivary glands. However, only a small number of study participants had malignant tumors.
- Another study suggested a possible increased risk of glioma — a specific type of brain tumor — for the heaviest cellphone users, but no increase in brain tumor risk overall.
Well, what is it? Good? Bad? Ugly? Or, all of the above?
Those poor rats and mice were exposed to a gazillion times more radio frequency radiation that you’ll get even from an iPhone Xs Max. Statistics seem to indicate a Samsung Galaxy Note-whatever will explode and burn down your house before you’ll get brain or butt cancer from a smartphone.
Let’s do the math.
There’s no solid evidence that your phone ups your chances of developing a brain tumor. Brain cancer rates have stayed pretty stable in the last decade; if cell phone really did cause brain tumors, you’d expect to see a lot more cancer cases since mobile devices were invented.
A few billion earthlings have been toting cellphones around for a few decades and yet the incidence of brain cancer that could be attributed to cellphone usage has remained the same as always.
Senior NTP scientist John Bucher:
In our studies, rats and mice received radio frequency radiation across their whole bodies. By contrast, people are mostly exposed in specific local tissues close to where they hold the phone. In addition, the exposure levels and durations in our studies were greater than what people experience.
In other words, cancer causing iPhones make great headlines and help to spread fake news, but there’s just to proof that your ears will glow in the dark thanks to such radiation, or that your brain will be impacted by radio frequencies. Using Facebook probably has more mental health repercussions than anything else.