Just recently, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) claimed that telecommunication masts do not cause cancer and other health problems
 telecom mast danger health cancer diseases

This is confusing. Some years back, there was a huge global scare about the cancerous effects of radio frequency radiations (RFR) from mobile handsets.

Warnings were that mobile handsets should not be held close to the ear because the radiations could cause brain tumour, mobile handsets should not be put in the breast pocket because the radiations could affect the heart and mobile handsets should not be put in the side pocket because radiations could cause infertility in both men and women.

But much later, it became clearer that the scare was a hoax, or at least had no scientific basis.

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Lately, attention has shifted to the hazardous effects of radiation of telecom towers on human health. Well, there was no scientific evidence for that too. One less danger to worry about.

NCC Zonal Controller, South-East, Mrs. Emilia Nwokoro, who spoke during a consumer conversation forum organised by the Commission in Enugu, said several studies have been conducted to ascertain whether telecommunication masts pose health risks.

Nwokoro explained that the researches did not provide any evidence that the telecommunication infrastructure was harmful to human beings.

 “A number of studies have investigated the effects of radiofrequency fields on brain electrical activity, cognitive function, sleep, heart rate and blood pressure in volunteers.

“To date, research does not suggest any consistent evidence of adverse health effects from exposure to radiofrequency fields at levels below those that cause tissue heating.

“In line with the position of International Telecommunications Union supported by International Council on Non-ionizing, Radiation Protection and the World Health Organisation, NCC has maintained that as at today, there is no conclusive evidence to show correlation between the electromagnetic fields from telecommunications masts and health risk to individuals around these infrastructure,” she said.

Nwokoro assured that NCC would continue to educate the public on issues concerning public health and telecommunication services.

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