Environmental Health Trust, December 5, 2020
The study ” Exposure to radiofrequency radiation increases the risk of breast cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis” published in the journal Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine performed a quantitative analysis and is what the authors state is “the first meta-analysis” aiming to evaluate and obtain more precise and comprehensive estimates of the association between radiofrequency radiation exposure and the risk of breast cancer.
“It was concluded that radiofrequency radiation exposure significantly increased the risk of breast cancer, especially in women aged ≥50 years and in individuals who used electric appliances, such as mobile phones and computers.” While breast cancer risk doubled for women ≥50 yrs old, no significant increase was seen among younger women, nor among those occupational exposed or those living near RF transmitters.
“Doctors worldwide recommend keeping the phone away from your head and away from your body in order to decrease cancer risk. We recommend preferring wired rather than wireless internet connections and using a corded phone for your long voice calls, ” stated Dr. Devra Davis President of Environmental Health Trust who added that while many teens no longer place the phone to their head, they videochat and check social media with the phone held next to their breast. Case studies have found women who carry cell phones in their bra developed breast cancer directly under the cell phone antenna.
Research has linked long-term cell phone use to brain cancer and other health impacts such as increased harmful free radicals, genetic damage, reproductive impacts, learning and memory deficits, behavioral problems, neurological disorders, and headaches.
The 2020 study cited how cell phone radiation might lead to cancer:
“Previous studies suggested that breast cancer can be attributed to exposure to radiofrequency radiation (17,18). Experimental research has demonstrated that simulated radiofrequency radiation exposure can cause damage to human breast cancer MCF-7 cells and promote the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are the primary cause of DNA strand breaks and cell death (17,18). Cigand Naziroglu (17) indicated that exposure of breast cancer cells to radiofrequency radiation was associated with the accumulation of ROS and disruption of mitochondrial membrane pores, which resulted in swelling and dysfunction of mitochondria, causing rupture of the outer membranes and the release of apoptosis-inducing factors. Therefore, it was hypothesized that exposure to radiofrequency radiation may induce breast cancer development due to the induction of oxidative stress and apoptosis in breast cancer cells.”
The authors conclude that ” the present study indicated that radiofrequency radiation exposure significantly increased the risk of breast cancer, especially in women aged ≥50 years and individuals who used electric appliances, such as mobile phones and computers, ” and that “additional research studies should be conducted, and higher-quality studies are required for future analysis.”
The present systematic review and meta-analysis investigated the association between exposure to radiofrequency radiation and the risk of breast cancer. The published studies that were available in PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL Plus, Web of Science, Airiti Library, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations and ProQuest until May 2020 were investigated. A total of eight studies (four case-control and four cohort studies) were eligible for quantitative analysis. A significant association between radiofrequency radiation exposure and breast cancer risk was detected [pooled relative risk (RR)=1.189; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.056-1.339]. Subgroup analyses indicated that radiofrequency radiation exposure significantly increased the risk of breast cancer susceptibility among subjects aged ≥50 years (RR=2.179; 95% CI, 1.260-3.770). Pooled estimates revealed that the use of electrical appliances, which emit radiofrequency radiation, such as mobile phones and computers, significantly increased breast cancer development (RR=2.057; 95% CI, 1.272-3.327), while occupational radiofrequency exposure and transmitters did not increase breast cancer development (RR=1.274; 95% CI, 0.956-1.697; RR=1.133; 95% CI, 0.987-1.300, respectively). It was concluded that radiofrequency radiation exposure significantly increased the risk of breast cancer, especially in women aged ≥50 years and in individuals who used electric appliances, such as mobile phones and computers. In accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis, an evaluation protocol was prepared and registered with the PROSPERO database (registration no. CRD42018087283).
Shih YW, O’Brien AP, Hung CS, Chen KH, Hou WH, Tsai HT. Exposure to radiofrequency radiation increases the risk of breast cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Exp Ther Med. 2021;21(1):23. doi:10.3892/etm.2020.9455