The evidence for the association of cell phones and brain tumors is growing. Brain tumor incidence is rising as well. See Scientific Literature – Brain Tumors on our site for more information.  Visit our home page  to look at more of the science and policy. The Environmental Health Trust also has extensive information.

National Toxicology Program Report on Cell Phones and Brain Cancer

The 10 year and $25 million dollar National Toxicology Program (NTP) study in 2016 showed a clear causation between cell phone radiation and cancer. There have been various criticisms of the NTP study, however, with an understanding of how toxicology studies are performed and the care in which this study was undertaken to remove confounding factors, the only conclusion is that it strongly supports both an association and causation.   See Dr. Moskowitz thorough review  Spin vs Fact NTP Study. Some elements of the NTP study that were  criticized were that

  • only males developed brain tumors. the literature indicates that there is frequently gender difference in outcomes in animal carcinogenicity studies. This could be due to differences in hormone levels. The literature also shows that females seem to have more neuroprotection than males.
  • None of the controls developed tumors. This could be explained by the fact that these rats were housed in very clean environments, free of any confounding radiation. This unexpected result may give more strength to the association between ambient low level radio frequency radiation and cancer.

Dr. Ron Melnick, who led the design team for the NTP study, stated, “It is not surprising that the exposed males had more tumors than the females given what we have seen in the historical controls. But we can go one step further, the fact that we saw any of these tumors in the exposed females but none in the concurrent controls adds support to the conclusion that cell phone radiation leads to cancer among rats.” Dr. Melnick’s response to NTP Results

In his open letter addressing the criticisms from the NTP study Dr. Melnick explains, “In my view, a pediatrician would be acting irresponsibly if he or she knew and understood the implications of the human and animal cancer data on cell phone radiation and did not offer precautionary advice to the parents of his or her patients.” Correcting Misinformation About Health Effects Studies on Cell Phone Radiation

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a response to the NTP study. Pediatrician and Chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee , Dr. Jennifer Lowry stated, “They’re not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer.”  They have recommendation on their website to help reduce wireless radiation from cell phones AAP Healthy Children.

People Are More Aware and Understand 

More people are aware of this risk and major magazines and newspapers have published insightful, well researched articles, even many years ago.  GQ magazine 2010. Warning: Cell Phones May Be Hazardous To Your Health


Cell Phone and Wireless Radiation is a Class 2B Possible Carcinogen

IARC Classification in 2011 as possible carcinogen: The World Health Organization in 2011 International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies radiofrequency radiation as possibly carcinogenic (Group 2B), based on increased risk of glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer and wireless phone use.