It seems that nowadays that EVERYONE has a cellphone. Even my 8 year old cousin has one and I received one when I was only 10 years old. But have you ever thought about how it could potentially affect your health? I know I have heard rumors of cellphones causing cancer so I decided to get to the bottom of this myth before something bad could happen to my loved ones or myself.
The main problem with mobile phones is that they send out radio waves in all different directions in order for them to work. This means that even when you are talking on the phone the waves are being directed towards your head. An article by Net Doctor explains that, “The problem is that when this happens they are absorbed into the body’s tissues, and this is why some studies have indicated they may potentially increase the risk of brain cancer.” This is scary to me because I know I talk on the phone a lot, but imagine people who are constantly on the phone for their jobs. Their risk is a lot more than mine.
So all in all, do cell phones cause cancer. This is a heated debate that has been going on for a while now. Some say yes, some say no. Net Doctor also says, “The latest research, led by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark, found no evidence that the risk of brain tumours was increased by mobile phone use.
The study followed 358,403 mobile phone subscribers over an 18-year period and suggested that even those who had used a mobile phone for 13 years or more did not have an increased risk.” However the long term affect it has on children who use cell phones has not been analyzed yet because cellphones are relatively new to society.
The National Cancer Institute says that, “Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. More research is needed because cell phone technology and how people use cell phones have been changing rapidly.”
With this information, we can not conclude exactly that cell phones do cause cancer. However, we should be wary of the possibilities and try to use our phones at a minimum if possible.