Researchers from the respected Ramazzini Institute have released the results of a sweeping lifetime study that involved exposing lab animals to environmental levels of radiation from cell towers. Their findings not only supported those of the U.S. National Toxicology Program that linked the radiation to a rare heart cancer in male rats known as Schwannoma of the heart, but they also discovered a higher incidence of malignant brain tumors in female rats. Rats of both genders displayed precancerous conditions like Schwann cell hyperplasia. In addition, the exposed rats had lower litter weights, raising particular concerns for children and pregnant women who live near these towers.
What sets this study apart is the fact that the rats were exposed to levels of radiofrequency radiation that are below the permitted amounts set by the U.S. FCC. This means they are akin to the levels that people can legally be exposed to in the United States. While the National Toxicology Program reached similar findings, it had been criticized for using higher doses of radiation in its study.
In the Ramazzini study, nearly 2,500 rats were exposed to 1.8 GHz GSM radiofrequency radiation at exposures like those given off by cell tower antennas for 19 hours per day. Another factor that makes the study unique is that the animals were allowed to live until they died naturally so that any late-developing tumors could still be detected. This is crucial because 80 percent of human cancers are considered late-developing as they occur in humans after turning 60.
The researchers, led by study author Dr. Fiorella Balpoggi, are calling on the International Agency for Research on Cancer to re-evaluate its stance on the cancer-causing potential of this type of radiation in humans.
Other experts have echoed the researchers’ concerns. Toxicology Professor and Environmental Research Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jose Domingo stated: "This important article from one of the most acclaimed institutions of its kind in the world provides a major new addition to the technical literature indicating strong reasons for concern about electromagnetic radiation from base stations or cell towers.”
Dr. David O. Carpenter, a former School of Public Health Dean at the University at Albany, said that this study shows that those living close to cell towers should be concerned. He called on governments to take steps to reduce the exposures of cell tower emissions and ensure they are not placed near hospitals, schools, or homes.
In addition, he’d like to see public health agencies educate the public on ways to reduce their exposure not just to cell tower radiation but all sources of dangerous wireless radiofrequency radiation, such as Wi-Fi in schools and cell phones.
The matter is even more urgent, Dr. Carpenter pointed out, as plans move forward to place 5G “small cell” cell towers approximately every 300 meters around the country. He says this will make avoiding exposure very difficult, and it will raise people’s risk of cancer and diseases like electro-hypersensitivity.