2018 U.S. National Toxicology Program & Italian Study Confirm Cell Phones Cause Cancer
  • See the NTP website which indicates radiofrequency radiation is associated with "Clear evidence of tumors" -- the highest warning they can issue:

In the following article, study designer and former NTP Senior Scientist Ronald L. Melnick, PhD., counters with facts the industry spin intended to downplay the NTP study findings:

  • BioMed Research International published a peer-reviewed study by Michael Carlberg, MSc, and Lennart Hardell, M.D., Ph.D. concluding "RF radiation should be regarded as a human carcinogen causing glioma."

  • In 2018 IEEE Microwave Magazine published, "Clear Evidence of Cell Phone RF Radiation Cancer Risk" by Dr. James Lin:

    Dr. Lin's article is also available in full here:

  • 2020 meta-analysis study: "In sum, the updated comprehensive meta-analysis of case-control studies found significant evidence linking cellular phone use to increased tumor risk, especially among cell phone users with cumulative cell phone use of 1000 or more hours in their lifetime (which corresponds to about 17 min per day over 10 years), and especially among studies that employed high quality methods."

Cancer Prevalence on the Rise
More on the NTP and Ramazzini Studies
  • In 2016 the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) released partial findings in a $25 million study indicating cell phone radiation causes cancer:
  • The NTP held a press conference to inform the public on this:
  • At the Israeli Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Ronald L Melnick, PhD, the toxicologist who designed the NTP study, now retired, was joined by Devra Davis PhD MPH, to discuss the study findings that cell phone radiation-exposed animals had increased brain and heart tumors
Industry Suppression of Harm
History of World Health Organization and EMFs

"For children – compared with adults – the average deposition of RF-energy from a mobile phone can be up to 2-fold higher in the brain and up to 10-fold higher in the bone marrow of the skull."

  • Cancer can take many years to develop, and even longer for medical studies to be done.  At the time of the studies reflected in the WHO report, personal wi-fi devices were not yet a consideration so the studies centered around cordless telephones, mobile telephones (cell phones), and Bluetooth. That’s why we see more about cell phone impact than wi-fi in the earlier studies, but the wi-fi studies are beginning to come out now too. The WHO recognized this need for more research so they elevated radiofrequency electromagnetic fields to possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) and commissioned studies that are underway around the world today.
  • Since research takes time, it may be a while before the WHO reclassifies EMFs from "Group 2B Possibly carcinogenic to humans" to  "Group 2A Probably carcinogenic to humans" or "Group 1 Carcinogenic to humans".  They apply extremely rigorous standards when making these classifications (see IARC Monographs Preamble).  It is important to note that the WHO found enough compelling research that they could no longer label EMFs in the lower classifications of "Group 3 Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans" or "Group 4 Probably not carcinogenic to humans".
  • If you hear someone say electromagnetic radiation is in the same category as coffee and pickled vegetables, please know that is likely the passing along of industry spin. There was a certain Asian population that was susceptible to cancer from the formaldehyde in a certain kind of pickled vegetables so pickled vegetables did belong on the list of possible human carcinogens. With coffee, it was the chemicals used in the growing process. The science continued and coffee has since been removed from the list. The list of 2B agents also contains lead, thalidomide, gasoline, engine exhaust and diesel along with hundreds of other toxic chemicals. We have safety precautions in place for those, but none yet for wireless radiation and so we continue to bathe our population in it.
  • As the Environmental Health Trust reports, "Dr. Hardell is an International Agency for the Research on Cancer expert and now states that wireless “should be regarded as human carcinogen requiring urgent revision of current exposure guidelines.”
Read his 2014 research published in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health entitled Decreased Survival of Glioma Patients with Astrocytoma Grade IV (Glioblastoma Multiforme) Associated with Long-Term Use of Mobile and Cordless Phones which determined the use of wireless phones in the >20 years latency group (time since first use) was correlated to decreased survival for those diagnosed with astrocytoma grade IV. The conclusion reads, “Due to the relationship with survival the classification of IARC is strengthened and RF-EMF should be regarded as human carcinogen requiring urgent revision of current exposure guidelines.
  • Longtime World Health Organization advisor Anthony B. Miller, M.D., confirm in 2017 radiofrequency (RF) radiation from any source now fully meets the criteria to be classified as a “Group 1 carcinogenic to humans” agent:

Conflicts of Interest at the World Health Organization
  • Note, as with many of our public health organizations, there is evidence of heavy industry influence at the WHO. Some of the original committee members believe there is enough evidence now to give electromagnetic radiation a higher carcinogenicity classification. In 2016 the authors of the BioInitiative Report, which summarizes thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies showing wireless technology is harmful, submitted a No-Confidence letter to the WHO's EMF program manager because the committee no longer includes appropriate representation from non-industry funded EMF scientific experts:

  • The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection issued a similar letter in March 2017.

  • Over 200 of the world's leading EMF scientists and biologists bravely signed a formal appeal to the World Health Organization in 2015 with a clear plan to inform and protect the public from wireless radiation. The WHO has not responded. Columbia University's Dr. Martin Blank provides a three-minute introduction to the Appeal we should all hear:

  • The head of the WHO's International EMF Project has heavy ties to the telecom industry. Further, she does not have EMF scientific or medical credentials and is not listening to the scientists proving electromagnetic fields are hazardous. A former UN employee, Olga Sheean of Canada, submitted a petition to get qualified leadership in place:

  • In 2017, the International Journal of Oncology published a report by Dr. Lennart Hardell explaining the WHO has conflicts of interest with industry and does not plan to take action to protect the public from non-thermal electromagnetic radiation, even though the scientific and epidemiological evidence of harm is well documented:

BioInitiative Report

The WHO announced their classification in 2011, and the 2012 BioInitiative Report came out in January 2013.  The report cites many studies done in the prior six years, for cancer and other serious health concerns from EMFs.  Feel free to look up the individual studies included in the report.

Additional Studies

 A quick Google search returns additional studies that have been released since the 2012 BioInitiative Report:
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine | National Institutes of Health: Using the Hill viewpoints from 1965 for evaluating strengths of evidence of the risk for brain tumors associated with use of mobile and cordless phones, Hardell L., Carlberg M. conclude: "Based on the Hill criteria, glioma and acoustic neuroma should be considered to be caused by RF-EMF emissions from wireless phones and regarded as carcinogenic to humans, classifying it as group 1 according to the IARC classification. Current guidelines for exposure need to be urgently revised."

  • 2013 Low levels of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and cancer cell proliferation in vivo:

Note: The information provided here is publicly available on the Internet.  
It is intended to provide a starting point to inform you of EMF dangers.  
Please do your own research, draw your own conclusions, and act accordingly to protect those you love.

Cecelia Doucette,
Nov 20, 2013, 5:04 PM
Cecelia Doucette,
Nov 12, 2013, 5:57 AM