Using the millimeter-wave spectrum (mmWave) for faster data speeds is one of the biggest breakthroughs of 5G generation of 4G LTE mobile network technology. However, there are concerns that this very high frequency spectrum may have negative public health effects.
These concerns are not new: consumer concern over whether RF radiation can increase the risk of cancerous tumors has been around for some time. To get specific answers on this issue, we turned to the US Food and Drug Association (FDA), a government agency that works not only for the protection of public health through the control and monitoring of food and drugs, but also for the emission of electromagnetic radiation is responsible equipment. These answers have been supplemented by information from the American Cancer Society and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
What is Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation?
First, we define radio frequency (RF) radiation. Basically, radiation is not as intimidating as it seems. Radiation is the emission of energy from any source, which means that even the heat emitted by our body counts as radiation.
RF radiation is just another name for radio waves. As the FDA says, RF radiation is "a form of electromagnetic energy that consists of waves of electrical and magnetic energy that move together through space."
Is RF radiation safe?
The radiation emitted by cell phones lies at the low-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum, making them much safer than high-energy radiation such as X-rays and gamma rays. While the latter emit ionizing radiation, meaning that they have enough energy to ionize an atom or molecule and thus damage cell DNA, resulting in cancer, RF radiation does not. RF radiation has only enough energy to move or vibrate atoms in a molecule, not enough to ionize it. While this means that RF radiation does not cause cancer by destroying DNA cells, there are still studies on the effect of non-ionizing radiation.
2018 believes that "the current radio frequency energy safety limits of mobile phones are still acceptable for public health protection."
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) also have not formally classified RF radiation as a carcinogen. Meanwhile, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization Heath Organization classifies RF radiation as "potentially carcinogenic to humans" as at least one study found a possible link between the use of cell phones and a certain type of brain tumor. However, the IARC considers the evidence as "limited".
It is also important to note that IARC's coffee and talc based body and body powders have the same "possibly carcinogenic" category.
What about 5G?
The FDA Digital Trends said at that time that it "continues to believe that the current safety limits for the energy impact of cellular radio frequencies on public health are still acceptable."
"The limits are related to the frequency of the device, which means that 5G has a different limit than other technologies," wrote an agency spokesperson in an e-mail. "As part of our commitment to protecting public health, the FDA has reviewed and will continue to address many sources of scientific and medical findings related to the potential for human and animal radioacotrial health effects. This will happen as new scientific data is released , "
The Agency found that it has significant ongoing research on RF exposure on its website.
Is 5G mmWave safe?
According to expert agencies and the studies we have so far, there is nothing to suggest that 5G mmWave poses a significant health risk. If you are careful, you can always reduce the RF radiation. Simple things like sleeping outside the bed at night with your phone might also help ease your worries. Ultimately, however, according to experts, from a carcinogenic point of view, cell phone use should not be a concern when using coffee.