Unlike before, phones have become an integral part of our lives. This is because, smartphones have so much to offer like; they are a means of communication, you can take pictures, videos, surf the internet and use it as a personal organizer as well. But, is your cell phone a safe device or does it make life easier at a cost?
Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer
All cell phones emit an electromagnetic field known as radio frequency radiation. Though the radiation has been classified as low power, non-ionizing and harmless, it can penetrate through human bodies to cause indescribable damages. In support of this, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified cell phone radiation in 2011 as possible 2B carcinogen. However, since the classification is possible and not probable, expert believe WHO’s report does not protect the public adequately.
There are numerous studies that support claims that cell phone radiations cause cancer. For instance, the radiations have been linked to two brain tumor types; acoustic neuromas and gilomas. Acoustic neuromas are non-malignanat low grade cancers that are life threatening because they occur within the skull. Gilomas are malignant tumors that develop in the brain or spine and are deadly. The Hardell research Group in Sweden reported that they found a consistent pattern of increased acoustic neuroma and giloma risk resulting from the use of wireless cell phones. Additionally, a 2013 study that was conducted on 790,000 women in UK revealed that women who used cell phones for more than ten years were more prone to developing acoustic neuroma. The risk increases as the years of cell phone use increases.
Protection from Cell Phone Radiation
Though the best protection would be complete avoidance, we cannot operated without cell phones. Hence, it is advisable to limit cell phone usage, avoid receiving calls when in areas with bad reception, avoid carrying the cell phone in pockets or body parts when switched on and always opt for texting as opposed to long call conversations.