New scientific research on the health effects of cellular radiation has found that exposure to radiation from mobile phones and base stations will not increase your risk of developing cancer.
A report by the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) Programme cited two studies which investigated whether exposure to mobile base station emissions and mobile phone use could affect the risk of developing cancer.
The two studies, covering research from the past 11 years, cited in the report focussed on maternal exposure to base station emissions during pregnancy, and the possible link between leukaemia and mobile phone use.
Neither of the studies identified any association between exposure and an increased risk of developing cancer.
“These findings appear to be consistent with the results from other recent studies examining similar endpoints,” the report stated.
The latest report compliments a 2007 report by the MTHR Programme, which also did not find a link between mobile radiation and cancer.
The 2007 report found that there is no association between the use of mobile phones (for less than 10 years) and the risk of cancers of the brain and nervous system. Research results for longer term use was still lacking.
The 2007 report further found that brain function is not affected by radio frequency exposure.
“Taken together…[the 2012 and 2007 reports] do not suggest that exposure to mobile phone signals is associated with an increase risk of cancer.”
These results are in stark contrast to claims by some South African groups which warn about the harmful effects of radiation from mobile phones and cellular towers.
However, the report does concede that, given the short time that mobile phone use has been widespread, none of the studies have been properly able to investigate risk in relation to long-term use.
In order to investigate this issue, a long-term cohort study will be implemented, which has already recruited over 100,000 participants, and will gather data on health, mobile phone use and other health risks.