Prepared for Dan L. | Delivered October 4, 2019
Research Status on Effects of RF emissions
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To understand the current status of research on potentially harmful effects of RF emissions.
RESEARCH ON THE EFFECTS OF RF EMISSIONS
an International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) as possibly carcinogenic to humans
a report was published by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks
) on the effects of exposure to EMF on frequencies in ranges already used in mobile telephony.
According to this report, epidemiological studies on mobile phone RF-EMF exposure
do not show
an increased risk of brain tumors, and other cancers of the head and neck region. However, some studies raised questions regarding the increased risk of
glioma and acoustic neurom
a in heavy users of mobile phones.
Due to this data, an IARC advisory committee has recommended
reassessing the cancer risks
associated with RF radiation.
According to the panel's report issued on
this reassessment was
A number of scientists argued that IARC should upgrade RF to a
"probable" cancer agent
[Group 2A] or simply "carcinogenic to humans.
, the results of a large cohort study, conducted in a Dutch population of
14,829 people aged 31–65 y
ears, were published. The authors
found a relationship
between the overall number of reported subjective complaints and the perception of exposure, and lacked any relationship between the occurrence of ailments and the exposure estimated using the geospatial model.
The authors suggested that "there is a need for more
that consider the role of both actual environmental exposures and perception in relation to self-reported health outcomes."
According to the various research conducted on the effects of RF emissions, various bodies seem to be disagreeing on the
of these emissions. For this reason, some researchers have been met with much opposition from other researchers who feel that RF emissions need a different classification and a different research approach as a result.