Radio frequency energy is all around us. The color of grass, sound of birds, medical x-rays, radio and television, are all examples of radio frequency energy in our environment.

The recent controversy regarding a planned cellular telephone base station near a school and hospital in West Islip, NY has raised suggestions of a link between exposure to radio frequency energy and cancer. In fact, after many studies over the past 15 years, there has been no causal relationship established for a link between routine exposure to RF energy and any adverse health condition.

The issue of a link between cell phones and cancer first emerged in the public discourse in the late 1990’s following a study published by Swedish researchers examining the subject. Since that original study, numerous human studies and animal experiments have failed to consistently demonstrate any relationship between routine RF exposure and cancer.

A summary by the World Health Organization (May 2006), specifically addressing the impact of cellular base stations, provides a good overview for the lay public. (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs304/en/index.html  , also attached.)

WHO concludes their article: Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.

The American Cancer Society (February 2006), in reviewing the literature concerning cell phone use and cancer, concludes : Several well-designed epidemiologic studies found no consistent link between cell phone use and the overall risk of brain cancer. (http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_1_3X_Cellular_Phones.as p?sitearea=PED)

The United States National Cancer Institute (NCI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, has reviewed research performed to date — including research funded by NCI, and concluded: Overall, research has not consistently demonstrated a link between cellular telephone use and cancer or any other adverse health effect. Furthermore, NCI writes: There is no evidence that cellular telephone use poses more of a threat to children than to adults. (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones)

Time limits prevent a review of the primary literature. The curious reader may wish to begin a search of the National Library of Medicine’s Medline database or any of the leading clinical or research journals.