2 words and lots of PR soft the finding of a 25 million $ study that find cell phone radiation is not healthy for you. This is my headline after reading the first 12 pages of the 2 summaries of the NTP study published this month.
The Study found the following main findings:
- Higher ratio of Glioma in the mail rates that were exposed.
- Higher radio of Swanova of the heart (cancer in the similar cells as in the case of acoustic neuroma).
- Precancerous conditions in rats and mice that were exposed.
- Smaller wait for offsprings
- Evidence of DNA breaks in exposed animals.
The 2 words that play a crucial part in downgrading the outcomes of the NTP study, and I am guessing were inserted to the summary of the study by a PR professional or someone who wanted to downgrade that all study, are "equivocal" and "some". accompanied to the word "evidence" they light a shady light on the outcomes. These words not only downgrade the outcomes of the study, they also present the all study as doubtful, dubious & unreliable.
In cases that the study showed statistically unsignificant results (but still a risk) or that he risk was seen in only one exposure group they used the term - "equivocal evidence" (please see in the picture below undermarked with a Red line).
In cases that the study showed statistically significant result or that the risk was seen in most exposure groups, they used the term - "some evidence" (please see in the picture below undermarked with a purple line) .
I read some articles that actually argue that their understanding of the NTP results is that "cell phone use makes you lose weight and increase your lifespan.
The PR of this article turned the facts around. The NTP is a study that show DNA DAMAGE in life mammals(!!!) due to cellphone radiation exposure. It shows procarcinogenic condition in exposed animals(!!!). It shows higher cancer rates of Glioma and acoustic neuroma in exposed rates (!!!).
Regardless of the PR, I hope that when this study will be discussed in closed rooms of the IARC and other scientific bodies, it will contribute to the understanding that cell phone radiation is a clear carcinogenic.