Cancer Causes

Studies on electromagnetic fields and radiation (EMFs/EMRs) & cancer risk

Research on the effect of cell & DECT phones and mobile phone towers on cancer incidence

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According to physician Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, circa 80 % of the growing health problems we are facing today are due to or contributed to by our ubiquitous exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields which have never been studied for safety. In his own practice, he has observed sudden weight gain (after a lifetime of normal weight) and an explosion of autism, nerve-related disease, cancer rates etc. after a cell phone tower was installed near his patients' home, and similar health devastation wrought after the installation of a smart meter.

Over the past 80 years, more than six thousand studies have been published on biological effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR), and the majority of these studies has demonstrated damaging effects. Since there are huge economic interests at stake, it's not surprising to find the communications industry fighting tooth and nail against any evidence showing detrimental results from the use of their technology, and the WHO hesitating until May 2011 to actually acknowledge EMFs as even potentially carcinogenic.

Study: proteins in the mouse brain permanently changed by electromagnetic radiation (from cell or DECT phone)

  • "Brain proteome response following whole body exposure of mice[1] to mobile phone or wireless DECT base radiation"
    This study was carried out by researchers from the university of Athens, Greece, and published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine in 2012. The scientists exposed two groups of mice during an eight-month period to mobile phone or DECT radiation for a specified amount of time every day and found that 143 proteins in the animals' brain were altered after exposure to either mobile or DECT phone, incl. proteins which have already been linked to Alzheimer's, glioblastoma, stress and metabolism. These permanent brain changes particularly affected crucial regions such as the hippocampus, cerebellum and frontal lobe, all of which are involved in learning, memory and other complicated functions of the mammalian brain. The researchers concluded that the observed protein expression changes might potentially explain human health effects such as headaches, sleep disturbance, dizziness, fatigue, memory deficits, and brain tumors, all of which are related to the function of the altered brain proteins.
    See www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/22263702 .

Studies: cell phones and brain cancer risk

  • "Cell phones and brain tumors: a review including the long-term epidemiologic data"
    Published in Surgical Neurology in 2009, the study authors found that "using a cell phone for > or = 10 years approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor on the same side of the head as that preferred for cell phone use. The data achieved statistical significance for glioma and acoustic neuroma but not for meningioma... there is adequate epidemiologic evidence to suggest a link between prolonged cell phone usage and the development of an ipsilateral brain tumor."
    Summary at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/19328536 .
  • "Risk of brain tumors from wireless phone use"
    Originally published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography in 2010, this study found that frequent use of cell or cordless phones is linked to a high brain tumor risk on the side of the head preferred for cell phone use after 10+ years.
    Abstract at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/21084892
  • "Tumour risk associated with use of cellular telephones or cordless desktop telephones"
    Printed in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology in 2006, this study "found for all studied phone types an increased risk for brain tumours, mainly acoustic neuroma and malignant brain tumours. Odds ratio increased with latency period, especially for astrocytoma grade III-IV."
    This study can be read in its entirety at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1621063/ .
  • A study owed to scientists from Tel Aviv University and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (February 2005) found a link between heavy mobile phone use and increased risk of salivary gland tumors. Details at www.world-science.net/othernews/080216_cellphone
  • The Interphone study on cell phones (1999 to 2004) involving c. 50 scientists from thirteen countries and over 14,000 individuals found that people using a cell phone about two hours a month had roughly twice the risk of developing glioma after ten years of cell phone use.
  • In May 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
    at the World Health Organisation (WHO) added non-ionising electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) as a Group 2B (i.e. potential) human carcinogen to its list of carcinogenic substances, following a major review of health effects of electromagnetic waves, particularly radiation from cell phones.
  • "Use of mobile phones and cordless phones is associated with increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma"
    Published in Pathophysiology (2013), the study authors provide an overview and meta-analyses of current epidemiological evidence for an increased brain tumor risk and note that "the IARC carcinogenic classification does not seem to have had any significant impact on governments' perceptions of their responsibilities to protect public health from this widespread source of radiation".
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/23261330

Study: cell phones and breast cancer risk

  • Multifocal Breast Cancer in Young Women with Prolonged Contact between Their Breasts and Their Cellular Phones
    Published in Case Reports in Medicine (2013) are four recent cases of women under 40 whose pathology shows "striking similarity; all tumors are hormone-positive, low-intermediate grade, having an extensive intraductal component, and all tumors have near-identical morphology".
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3789302/
    (free full text with images)

Studies: cell phone towers (cellular transmitter antennas) and cancer risk

  • The Naila Study
    Based on the voluntary work of five physicians of the small German town of Naila, this study aimed at assessing whether the first installation of a base transceiver station in Naila (in 1993) had any impact on subsequent cancer incidence, and in particular whether people living close to the mobile phone mast transmitter had a higher risk of developing cancer. To this effect, the case histories of 967 patients between 1994 and 2004 were evaluated.
    Results:
    After the cell phone industry started its operation in the community of Naila, there was no increase in cancer incidence for five years. After this, however, cancer rates among those who lived at a distance of up to 400 metres from the cell site shot up, with the proportion of new cancer cases among them being significantly higher than that of patients living further away. In fact, after five years’ operation of the cell phone installation, the relative risk of getting cancer had tripled for those residing in the installation's proximity, and about quadrupled after ten years.
    After this study had been brought to the mobile phone industry's attention, the latter proceeded to perform ten four-year studies (paid for by the German government) to validate or invalidate the above findings, and (surprise, surprise) found no effect on cancer rates.
    This is an excellent example of just how easy it is to skew and bend results that you don't wish to obtain.
  • In January 2005, Dr. W. Jandrisovits reported that five years after the installation of the first mobile phone tower in the village of Müllendorf (Austria), new cancer diagnoses tripled (reported in a lecture at the Mobilfunksymposium held in Bamberg, Germany).
  • In April 2004, the Journal of Cancer Prevention published a study by R. and D. Wolf comparing the incidence of new cancer cases in the proximity of a cell-phone transmitter station in Netanya (Israel) to the cancer incidence in an unexposed region. The authors found quadrupled cancer rates in women.
  • "Investigation of increased incidence in childhood leukemia near radio towers in Hawaii: preliminary observations"
    Published in the Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology, 1994, a summary of this study can be read at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/7823291 .
  • "Cancer incidence near radio and television transmitters in Great Britain. I. Sutton Coldfield transmitter"
    Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 1997, this study noted a significant decline in risk with distance from the transmitter for leukemia, skin and bladder cancer.
    Abstract at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/8982016 and free full text at aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/145/1/1.long .
  • "Adult and childhood leukemia near a high-power radio station in Rome, Italy"
    Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2002, this study was able to add further "evidence of an excess of leukemia in a population living near high-power radio transmitters".
    Summary at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/12048223 . The study can be read in its entirety at aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/155/12/1096.long .
  • "Ecological study on residences in the vicinity of AM radio broadcasting towers and cancer death: preliminary observations in Korea"
    Printed in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health (2004), this study observed that all cancers-mortality was significantly higher in the area near the AM radio broadcasting towers.
    Summary at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/15859510 .
  • "Incidence of cancer in the vicinity of Korean AM radio transmitters"
    Published in 2003 in the Archives of Environmental Health, this study found significantly increased incidences of leukemia in two areas, and of brain cancer in one area, each situated among eleven high-power sites.
    Abstract at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/15859510 .

General studies on EMR's negative health effects

  • "Evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation is Genotoxic: The implications for the epidemiology of cancer and cardiac, neurological and reproductive effects"
    www.feb.se/EMFguru/EMF/genotoxic/Genotoxic-EMR-paper.htm
  • "Mobile phones, heat shock proteins and cancer"
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/11683499 (free full text available)

Footnotes

1 Healing Cancer Naturally does not support animal experimentation, see Cancer Research, Toxicity Testing & Animal Experimentation: an Unholy Union?.

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