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Will 5G cause cancer?

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The government is explaining the red carpet for the construction of 5G masts in Europe. Municipalities are even obliged to participate in the construction of antenna installations for super fast internet. Because the antennas for the 5G network work over a shorter distance, more are needed. But isn’t that harmful to health?

It is a fact that electromagnetic fields can harm public health. To prevent damage, all mobile phones and masts in EU must comply with established limits and safety requirements. The government works with so-called exposure limits for electromagnetic fields.

Yet there are concerns. In 2017, 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries sent a letter of fire to the European Union. They believe that the rollout of 5G will lead to a “huge increase” of involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Their message is clear. “5G will significantly increase exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields on top of the existing 2G, 3G, 4G and WiFi. That radiation has been proven harmful to people and the environment. The scientists indicate that some studies show that there is a link between radiation and brain tumors, Alzheimer’s and infertility in men.

And they are not alone. A group of Australian radiation scientists created a database with studies on radiation. In the 2266 publications examined, 68 percent of the cases showed “significant biological or health effects.”

The World Health Organization WHO has classified the electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones in 2011 as “potentially carcinogenic”.

In the Netherlands, the Electro Magnetic Fields Knowledge Platform deals with radiation in collaboration with the government. Monique Beerlage: ,, The current state of affairs is that all the research that has been done provides indications that prolonged use of the mobile phone may have something to do with brain tumors. And that is something that scientists are watching closely. We simply cannot say that it is harmless. This does not change with the arrival of 5G, because the system uses the same three frequencies as 4G. A higher frequency is released, but it does not go beyond the skin. ”

Beerlage acknowledges that the rollout of 5G will ensure more antennas.

“That is indeed specific for 5G, but it is about a higher frequency with a shorter range. Because of this you get in practice only one or at most two masts the frequency, that does not mean that the radiation increases enormously. But there is not yet a lot of 5G and you can only really investigate when it is there. Then you can follow people over a longer period of time. “

Beerlage sees a difference of interpretation in science, especially when it comes to the current exposure limits.

“According to scientists, the exposure limit covers sufficiently. But there are also scientists who say that the limit does not go far enough. They also see biological effects, such as warming up, when exposed below the limit. But a biological effect is not yet a health risk. For example, a person can compensate for warming up through sweating. “

The knowledge platform recognizes the role of people who claim to be electrosensitive. ,, For a number of people there is cause for concern, people who already indicate that they get sick from the electromagnetic fields. These people have problems with concentration, headache and insomnia. They are very worried about 5G and think that they will soon be unable to stay anywhere. This is also related to the social trend to have more and more wireless communication. But that also applies to 4G. Evidence has never been provided for health problems when exposed within the current limits, but you cannot exclude it either. I can imagine that they are worried. ”

In April 2019, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate informed the cabinet about possible harmful consequences for public health. In the letter, the ministry states that “from all completed investigations” it appears that there is no evidence of damage, “as long as the exposure remains below the exposure limits.”

Agentschap Telecom measures the strength of electromagnetic fields at antennas in the Netherlands. The measurements so far show that all field strengths remain below the exposure limits. 0.5 to 3 V / m is measured in most cases at street level. In a home this is 1 V / m. According to the agency, this is far below the strictest exposure limit of 28 V / m.

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