A local radiation authority reaffirmed that proximity to cell sites does not cause any known health risks, contrary to what many homeowners associations believe. Philippine Radiology Oncology Society Vice-President Dr. Johanna Cañal addressed almost 400 medical professionals and oncology experts during a radiation safety symposium last August 3.
Citing studies from global radiation authorities like Federal Communications Commission, the American Cancer Society, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Cañal said two decades’ worth of research showed no adverse health effects linked to nearby cell towers.
“So there have been many stories, but there has been no proven causality between cellphone use and cancer induction. What does the USA FDA say about this? In 2018, the current safety limit is set to include a 50-fold safety margin from observed effect on radiation. How about cell towers and base stations? The American Cancer Society says at ground level, near typical base stations, the amount of RF energy is thousands of times less than the limits for safe exposure,” Dr. Cañal said.
“In the past 20 years, have we found any causal effect? No. Texting while driving or walking will cause more harm than radiation from cell phone use or cell tower.” (pr)