Cell Phones & Cancer

In today’s world I would say almost every college student has some sort of cell phone. We all use them, and with the advancements in smartphone technology, phones are becoming more a part of our daily lives. But there are many speculations about the possible dangers cell phones may have on the human body.

There have been many studies that try and determine if there are any effects of radio waves coming from cell phones, one of which being a recent study carried out by the National Toxicology Program. They preformed an experimental trial in which rats were exposed to different amounts of radio waves. Over the course of the two year study, groups of rats were given doses of radio wave radiation, in addition to a control group which did receive any doses. What the scientists hypothesized was that the more radio waves the rats were exposed to , the higher their chance of developing cancerous cells. The typical rate of brain tumors in rats is about 2%, and the group given the most exposure had a rate of about 2.2%, which is very close to the control rate. In the heart however, the outcome was much more clear. The control rate of tumors in the hearts of rats is 1.3%, and throughout the groups that received radiation doses, the rate ranged from 5.5% to 6.6%, a significant increase in the rate of heart tumor.

Even with clear results from this study, it is still hard to understand what the effects are like on humans. Obviously we are very different from rats, so our bodies may react differently. Also, it is difficult to replicate the amount of radiation we are in contact with because of our phones, and where it is mostly concentrated. For now I wouldn’t be too concerned until a more specific study is published, but it certainly wouldn’t be bad to separate yourself from your phone when you are able to.

5 thoughts on “Cell Phones & Cancer

  1. Trae Vann Morgan-White

    I never even thought of this connection between cell phones and cancer until you wrote this blog. The onle thing I can’t help, however, is using my phone everyday! It’s like an addiction! Anyways, this is an interesting blog. I applaud your strong scientific evidence, studies, and proof to prove your point. Great job!

  2. Liz Galante

    I am completely convinced that I will never hear or wake up from my alarm on my phone if it is not placed directly next to me right by my ear lying on my pillow. This is something my mom always yelled at me for, always telling me that this habit has to be thrown away because of what it could do. It’s crazy to think that something we use every day for almost everything could be so dangerous. I don’t know how much I actually believe that cell phones could cause cancer but based on your blog and research I did, it could be possible.

  3. Daniel William Snyder

    I liked this article because I’ve always heard rumors about cell phone causing cancer, but never knew if it was actually true. My neighbor back home had breast cancer and actually attributes that to cell phone waves, but it never made sense to me. We definitely need more research on this topic as cell phones are such a recent thing and could possibly affect us 30 years down the road. Check out this article. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet

  4. Linghao Yang

    I have a habit that I always put my cell phone under my pillow. But my mom does not like this, she would force me to take my cell phone away from me because she thinks cell phone could cause cancer. After seeing this blog, I think I can argue with her about this. Here’s a website also talks about the relationship between cell phone and cancer. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet

  5. Jen Malespina

    I’ve always heard people, old people in particular, say that cell phones are going to cause cancer but never really thought anything of it. This is probably just because there are no exact results yet proving this. However it is clear to see, in the study you discussed, how radiation can negatively affect one’s health. Here is an article giving answers but not too definite: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/do-cell-phones-cause-cancer-probably-but-it-s-complicated/

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