Study by Government of Styria, Austria on Cell Tower Radiation Found a Significant Cancer Incidence Near The Transmitter – Environmental Health Trust


A study commissioned by the Provincial Government of Styria, Austria on cell tower radiation and cancer found a significant cancer incidence in the area around the cell tower base station as well as significant exposure-effect relationships between radio frequency radiation exposure and the incidence of breast cancers and brain tumors. 

Environmental Epidemiological Study of Cancer Incidence in the Municipalities of Hausmannstätten & Vasoldsberg (Austria) Commissioned by Provincial Government of Styria, Department 8B, Provincial Public Health Office, Graz (Austria) Conducted by Dr. Gerd Oberfeld, Salzburg (Austria) 20 January 2008

Environmental Health Trust lists here some other studies on cell tower radiation and health effects:

  • A study published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine found changes in blood considered biomarkers predictive of cancer in people living closer to cell antenna arrays.

  • An analysis of 100 studies published in Environmental Reviews found ~80% showed biological effects near towers. “As a general guideline, cell base stations should not be located less than 1500 ft from the population, and at a height of about 150 ft.”

  • A review published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health found people living less than 500 m from base station antennas had an increased adverse neuro-behavioral symptoms and cancer in eight of the ten epidemiological studies.

  • A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found higher exposure to cell arrays linked to higher mortality from all cancer and specifically lung and breast cancer.

  • A study published in Science of the Total Environment 10 year study on cell phone antennas by the local Municipal Health Department and several universities in Brazil found a clearly elevated relative risk of cancer mortality at residential distances of 500 meters or less from cell phone towers.

  • A large scale animal study published in Environmental Research found rats exposed to RF levels comparable to cell tower emissions had elevated cancers.

  • A paper by human rights experts documented the accumulating science indicating safety is not assured and considered the issue within a human rights framework to protect vulnerable populations from environmental pollution. “We conclude that, because scientific knowledge is incomplete, a precautionary approach is better suited to State obligations under international human rights law.”

  • Surveys of people living near cell tower antennas in France, Spain, Iraq, India, Germany, Egypt, Poland have found significantly higher reports of health issues including sleep issues, fatigue and headaches.

  • A study published in American Journal of Men’s Health linked higher cell tower RFR exposures to delayed fine and gross motor skills, spatial working memory, and attention in school adolescents.

  • A study published in Environmental Research and Public Health found higher exposures linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • A case report on a study following people for 6 years linked increased cell phone and cell phone tower antenna exposure to altered levels of hormones including cortisol, thyroid, prolactin and testosterone.

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