Study: High Mortality Rate for Those Living Near Cellular Stations
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at July 24th, 2013
Brazilian cell tower standards are the same as those adopted by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). American standards follow the same criteria. Perhaps we should all take warning from a 2011 study conducted by Adilza C. Dode, PhD. Data collected from the Belo Horizonte municipality in Minas Gerais between 1996-2006 allowed Dr. Dode to meticulously measure the growth in cellular base station installations compared with rises in terminal cancers due to residential proximity to the towers.
Dr. Dode’s findings were startling. “Between 1996 and 2006, 7191 deaths by neoplasia occurred and within an area of 500 meters from the BS [base station], the mortality rate was 34.76 per 10,000 inhabitants. Outside of this area, a decrease in the number of deaths by neoplasia occurred.”
Dr. Dode’s introductory comments to her study include references to earlier work from various countries which likewise had measured increases in mortality associated with residential proximity to base stations. Among those studies highlighted include a paper published in 2004 monitoring data from Naila, Germany. In short, this work studied medical records of patients from 1994 to 2004. 1000 subjects were examined and the analysis revealed that the number of cancer cases was “significantly higher among those patients who had lived at distances within 400 meters of the BS [base station] site compared to the number of subjects who had lived beyond 400 meters in the same period of time.”
It is important to keep in mind that the term “base station” refers to cell towers and antennae connected to modulators, which can range from large installations to very small roof top or “subway stations” attached to the side of buildings. In short, you may not even notice that they are there. They can be quite small and camouflaged by the colors which match the paint or material of the building.
Dr. Dode reminds us that “pollution caused by the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) of radio frequencies (RF) generated by the telecommunication system is one of the greatest environmental problems of the 20th Century.” In addition to stating the need for further ongoing epidemiological studies, in her conclusions, Dr. Dode recommends the adoption by the Brazilian government of the Precautionary Principle adopted at the Rio-92 Conference. This principle supports the notion that new products and technologies must be accompanied by measures which predict and prevent possible damaging effects to human health and the environment.