National Toxicology Program – RFR Draft Studies Released

Today [2/2/2018] the National Toxicology Program released their complete draft reports on effects of low level radiofrequency radiation at two frequencies on rats and mice. In a phone announcement NTP officials downplayed results, a very different response from others involved with the study. The NTP’s findings of “some evidence” is the second highest category of severity they have. The studies will undergo full peer review in March.

Partial results released in 2016 found whole body exposure to low “non-thermal” levels of radiofrequency radiation causes brain tumors [glioblastomas] and heart tumors [schwannomas] in rats. Tumors found in the study were of the same type as observed in human epidemiology studies. I highly recommend listening to the Environmental Health Trust interview Dr. Ron Melnick interview here: Dr. Melnick, retired now from the NTP was a former senior toxicologist and director of special programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the NIEHS.

After the partial report for this study was published in May, 2016, the chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, Otis Brawley, M.D., called the study “good science.”  Professor James Lin, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading bioelectromagnetic researchers, called the study a “potential game changer.”

Link to the full studies and appendices on the NTP website is:

Link on our site to Rat Study

Link on our site to Mouse Study

Environmental Working Group Press Release on the Draft Study release is below:

Federal Research Confirms Cancer Risks of Cellphone Radiation

Alex Formuzis
(202) 667-6982

For Immediate Release:

Friday, February 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – Data from the largest-ever study of cellphone radiation effects, released today by the federal National Toxicology Program, confirms evidence that cellphone radiation increases the risk of cancer in humans and may harm children’s health.

The research found that male rats exposed to radio-frequency radiation had a greater chance of developing malignant brain cancer, tumors in the heart and tumors in other organs. Various tumors were also observed in mice exposed to radio-frequency radiation. The amount of radiation to which the laboratory animals were exposed included the levels emitted by cellphones millions of people use everyday.

“This is the most authoritative study published that connects cancer with cellphone radiation – it should raise alarms for policymakers and awareness for all Americans,” said Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., senior science advisor at EWG. “These studies should have been done before more than 90 percent of Americans, including children, started using this technology day in and day out.”

The threat that radiation from wireless devices could be a public health risk only mounts with today’s report from the NTP. In 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared the kind of radiation emitted by cellphones as a “possible carcinogen” based on human epidemiological studies that found increased gliomas and acoustic neuromas in long-term cellphone users.

“As new telecom networks are built around the country, in-depth assessment of children’s health risks is essential,” Naidenko added.

EWG has been at the forefront of public interest organizations raising concerns about cellphone use and cancer. The decade-long, $25 million federal study confirms reports by EWG from 2009 and 2013 that highlighted potential health risks from cellphones and wireless devices, especially for children.

EWG’s 2009 Science Review on Cancer Risks and Children’s Health summarized comprehensive studies showing a variety of health harms linked to long-term cellphone use. This included increased risk of two types of brain tumors, including glioma; decreased sperm counts, motility and vitality among men; neurological effects; and changes in brain metabolism.

In December 2017, the state of California officially issued guidelines advising cellphone users to keep phones away from their bodies. When the groundbreaking guidelines were made public, California Department of Public Health Director Karen Smith said:

Simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults … Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use. Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.

To help concerned consumers take steps to protect themselves and their families, EWG has created tools and tips that can help reduce exposure to cellphone radiation. This includes EWG’s Guide to Safer Cellphone Use and Six Questions about Cellphone Radiation and Your Health.

Results of the federal studies released for peer review by the National Toxicology Program today are available here.