Thursday, June 2, 2016

TURNING POINT: U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) Links Cellphone Radiation and Cancer

Media Coverage and Analysis of Recent Cellphone Study Released on Friday, May 27, 2016

As the Center for Safer Wireless announced on Friday morning, May 27, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) was expected to report to the public on its $25 million completed study which showed statistically significant increases in cancer among rats that had been exposed to GSM or CDMA signals for two-years. Thankfully, because of Microwave News' excellent reporting, portions of the study's findings were announced sooner than were originally expected. To the wireless industries benefit, it came right before the Memorial Day weekend when people were focused on the holiday.

Despite the quick turnaround, the wireless industry had time to strategize and notify the media with their points and position. As usual, the strategy is to create doubt, question the study and call for more research. The wireless industry uses the same playbook as the tobacco industry implemented years ago because it works. It's quite evident in the following headlines and reporting.

Better coverage and headlines are at:

 "There are arguments in the literature now that we are at the beginning of an epidemic of cancers," Chris Portier, former associate director of the NTP, told Mother Jones.

Ron Melnick, a former National Toxicology Program researcher who worked on early stages of the study before his retirement, told the Wall Street Journal: 'Where people were saying there's no riskI think this ends that kind of statement.'

Louis Slesin of Microwave News believes that the cell phone controversy will never be the same again because the study contradicts conventional wisdom that such health effects are impossible.

David Carpenter is director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany and on the Medical Advisory Board of the Center for Safer Wireless. "This is a game changer, there is no question," he said. "It confirms what we have been seeing for many years - though now we have evidence in animals as well as in humans." Carpenter went on to add, "The NTP has the credibility of the federal government. It will be very difficult for the naysayers to deny the association any longer."

"Such positive results ... suggest that human health might be in some danger," Dariusz Leszczynski, a Finnish researcher who focuses on radiation and health said in an email. "The human health risk might not only be possible but it might rather be probable."

Joel Moscowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health at University of California, Berkeley offered research to indicate health effects from cell phones in the op/ed section of the Wall Street journal on Sunday,  May 23. According to Dr. Moscowitz "The NTP report did not assess the overall risk of tumors for both types of tumors studied. By my calculation, thirty of 540 (5.5%), or one in 18 male rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed cancer.  In addition, 16 pre-cancerous hyperplasias were diagnosed. Thus, 46 of 540, or one in 12 male rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion........ Though not statistically significant one in 33 female rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion.  No cancers were found in 90 male and 90 female rats in the unexposed control group."
The Center for Safer Wireless believes the NTP study offers more credible evidence that products emitting pulsed radiofrequency radiation can cause health effects. We think everyone should take precautions when using wireless devices such as cellphones, iPads, tablets, laptops, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc. 

Desiree Jaworski
Executive Director