Cell Tower Health – American Cancer Society Summary of Research

At Steel in the Air, Inc., we are constantly bombarded with questions about the issue of the safety of cell towers and the radio frequency emissions from them. Our answer is that we are not qualified to answer the question of whether cell towers are a health risk. We do point out that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits local communities from evaluating health risks as part of a decision on whether to approve or deny a cell tower in a zoning hearing. In fact, if it becomes apparent that a cell tower was denied on the basis of health risks, the decision can be overturned on appeal.

From a personal standpoint, while we don’t believe that the issue is fully researched, we also believe that most cell towers or cell sites are too far away from the end user to constitute a health risk. Back in my days representing carriers in zoning hearings for towers- we would simply hand out the FCC’s pamphlet on radio-frequency exposure as evidence that there was no harm from cell towers or cell sites. Many opponents to towers would find research on the web that seemed to suggest that cell phones were dangerous to human health and try to extrapolate the results to cell towers. 

We were pleased to find a very well written article on the American Cancer Society that outlines the status of the research on the alleged health risks from cellular towers and antennas of cellular antennas and towers from radiofrequency emissions.


  1. says

    I for two years hung out with my dogs under the shadow of a cell phone repeater tower at this park here in Las Vegas my one dog I had to put to sleep he became totally non- responsive and the vet said it could have been a brain tumor my other dog developed cancer of the lynph noid glands and had to be put to sleep I was wondering if there was any correlation to any radiation emitted from these towers or not. sincerely one heart broken dog owner. W.M.

  2. says

    First off, I am sorry to hear about your dog’s passing on. My condolences.

    As to your question, I will suggest that I don’t personally believe there is any correlation. However, I will suggest that there are studies that other people believe suggest there is a correlation. Even if there is some causal relationship, I strongly doubt that just visiting a park even daily with a cell tower even daily for a few hours would be enough. Hope this helps.

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