Health risks with 5G? No. Word of Higher Institute of Health

Health risks with 5G? No. Word of Higher Institute of Health

From the conclusive document of the fact-finding survey on 5G drawn up by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità it emerges that the introduction of the new technology does not cause any damage to people's health.

5G yes or 5G no? The new technology divides who is in favor and who is against and the opinions on it are very discordant. The Istituto Superiore della Sanità intervenes to clarify the matter with the "Disclosure document on health risks related to 5G". It is necessary to remember that the new 5G technology involves exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields emitted in frequency bands (694-790 MHz, 3.6-38 GHz and 26-27.5 GHz) other than those in the state in use for mobile telephony.

Short and long term effects

As the ISS points out, a distinction must be made between short and long term effects determined by exposure to electromagnetic fields. The first are thermal effects, related to the heating of the tissues of the human body. As regards, however, the long-term effects relating to exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones, the ISS refers to the classification of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Iarc) on carcinogens.

The different groups

According to the Iarc classification, the various types of carcinogens differ in three groups. The first includes carcinogens for humans such as smoke, sunlight, processed red meat etc. Group 2A includes probably carcinogenic agents such as acrylamide. Finally in group 2B there are possibly carcinogenic agents such as radiofrequency electromagnetic fields , i.e. 5G. This is because, while believing that the complex of studies does not support the hypothesis of carcinogenicity of electromagnetic fields, an exception has been identified in some epidemiological studies that have shown an increased risk of glioma (a malignant brain tumor) and neurinoma of the acoustical nerve (a benign tumor) solely in connection with the intense use of cell phones.

Two popular studies

During the hearings, the ISS presented the results of a recent study. The research was carried out by continuously exposing laboratory animals to electromagnetic fields of different intensities (0 volts / meter, 5 volts / meter, 25 volts / meter and 50 volts / meter) throughout their life. In the case of exposure to the highest field intensity, a statistically significant increase in particular types of cancer (1.5 per cent against a natural background of 0.6 per cent) was highlighted. However, the results of this study – similar to those of a similar study in the United States government's National Toxicology Program – are controversial on a scientific level. The disclosure document of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità highlights that "these two new studies certainly provide important evidence, but also present unclear aspects and results inconsistent with each other and with the results of many other experimental studies on the carcinogenicity of radio frequency fields". So, as ISS states, these two new findings do not change the overall picture of scientific evidence regarding the potential carcinogenic risk derived from 5G. The ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) also has the same opinion.  

The conclusions  

According to the ISS "the available data do not suggest particular risks for the health of the population connected to 5G". However, the Institute believes that the introduction of this new technology must be accompanied by careful monitoring of exposure levels and that research into possible long-term effects should continue.


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/senza-categoria/rischi-per-la-salute-con-il-5g-no-parola-di-istituto-superiore-della-sanita/ on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 04:29:30 +0000.