Researchers looking at sperm cells, nerve cells and in vivo rodent studies  have found that radio frequency microwave radiation (RF EMR) from wireless devices can alter DNA, promote cancer growth and act as a co-carcinogen. Lerchi in 2015 found an increase in liver tumors, lung tumors and lymphomas in mice at low to moderate exposure at (0.04 and 0.4 W/kg SAR), and well below exposure limits for the users of mobile phones. The 10 year $25 million United States National Toxicology Program (NTP) study of 2016 looking at cell phone radiation and cancer confirmed other epidemiological studies showing an elevation of schwannomas and gliomas in radio frequency EMR exposed mice at non-thermal levels. NTP Study Full Report Feb 2, 2018 This was in addition to an increase in lymphoma and cancer of other organs with whole body exposure to this non-ionizing radiation which passes through the body. See also NTP Information 2018.

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)  listed radio frequency radiation from cell phones and wireless devices as a Class 2B Possible Carcinogen in 2011. Many researchers currently believe that this type of non-ionizing radiation that we are increasing and unknowingly exposed to should be classified as a Class 2A or probable carcinogen or even a class 1 or known carcinogen.

Dr. Annie Sasco, former IARC Unit Chief and Emeritus Director of Research and Epidemiology on Cancer Prevention, discusses her reasoning for elevating the IARC classification at a symposium in 2017 sponsored by Environmental Health Trust.


Some physicians believe this should be classified as a Class 1 or  Known Carcinogen.

Dr. Anthony Miller, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto Dali Lama School of Public Health, adviser to the World Health Organization and expert on ionizing and non-ionizing radiation feels the listing to be upgraded to a Class 1 Known Carcinogen.  Dr. Anthony Miller on IARC Classification of RF EMR

Bioinitiative Report Update Supports IARC Classification of RF as Group 1 Carcinogen

Dr. Lennart Hardell and Michael Carlberg have reanalyzed the epidemiological studies on brain tumors and RF EMR from cell phone radiation and also feels it  should be a Group 1 Known Carcinogen. His analysis is found in Section 11 of the BioInitiative Report .

Published Literature on Cancer and Radiofrequency Radiation

Below is published scientific literature on cancer and wireless radio frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF EMR) from cell towers and other wireless devices, as well as co-carcinogenic effects.  This list does not include brain cancer studies or DNA or RNA damage from RF EMR exposure. These other studies can be found on our website at:

For Brain Cancer Studies visit PST  Cell Phones and Brain Cancer.                           For DNA and RNA Researchvisit PST DNA and RNA effects of RF EMR.                                                 For Sperm and Ovarian Studies you can visit  Reproductive Health Effects.             For Mechanisms of Action Research you can visit the PST website at Cellular Mechanisms EMR: Calcium Channels and Cellular Mechanisms Oxidation

Reviews on Cancer and RF EMR

1)  Non-ionizing radiation, part 2: radio frequency electromagnetic fields. WHO IARC.  Volume 102. 2011.

Published Articles on Cancer and RF EMR



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