Are Cell Phone Towers Dangerous?

The broad use of cell phones in recent times has led to a great rise in the number of cell phone towers that are placed in communities. These cell phone towers have electronic waveforms as well as antennas that transmit and receive cell phone signals using Radiofrequency Waves.

Now there is no solid evidence that disclosure to Radiofrequency Waves from cell towers causes significant health effects. But this doesn’t mean Radiofrequency Waves from cell towers have been shown to be completely harmless. Most skilled organizations agree that much more research is required to assist clarify this, in particular for the potential long-term health effects.

How Do Cell Towers Expose People to Radiofrequency Waves?

Cell phone base stations can be mounted on existing buildings or stand-alone towers, for example – trees, tall buildings, or water tanks. The antennas must be tall enough to sufficiently cover a particular area. Each base station is typically 40 to 200 feet high.

Cell phones connect with nearby cell phone towers primarily through Radiofrequency Waves, a form of drive on the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and FM radio waves. And they are forms of non-ionizing radiation. This means that they don’t damage the DNA within cells, which is the way that stronger (ionizing) types of radiation like X-rays, ultraviolet rays, and gamma rays are believed to cause Cancer.

The electromagnetic spectrum above proves the potential frequencies of electromagnetic power, ranging from very low frequencies to extremely high frequencies (for example gamma rays and X-rays), as well as includes ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Radiofrequency Waves can heat up body tissues at very high levels. However, the energy levels used by cell towers and cell phones are much lower. Read more!

On the Ground near a Cell Tower

The Radiofrequency Waves from a cell tower antenna are directed toward the horizon (parallel to the ground), with some downward scattering. The base station antennas generally use higher energy levels than other kinds of land-mobile antennas, but much lower levels than those of television and radio broadcasting stations. The energy from Radiofrequency waves reduces quickly as the distance from the antenna rises. Therefore, the exposure level to Radiofrequency Waves at ground level is very lower than the level near the antenna.

At ground level near base stations, the energy from Radiofrequency waves is hundreds or thousands of times less than the harmless exposure limits set by the US Federal Communication Commission as well as other controlling authorities. It is highly improbable that a person could be exposed to Radiofrequency levels that exceed these limits simply by being near a cell phone tower.

On a Roof with a Cellular Antenna

If a cellular antenna is mounted on a ceiling, it is probable that a person on the ceiling could be exposed to Radiofrequency levels higher than those normally found on the ground. But even then, the levels of exposure that approach or exceed Federal Communication Commission safety guides will only be found close and directly in front of the cellular antennas. Access to these areas should be limited if this is the case.

Many people expressed concern that living or working near a cell phone tower could increase the risk of cancer or any other health problems. At the moment, there is not much evidence to support this concern. More research is still required to be sure. For more details read our article: