You may be shocked reading the title above, but is there any truth to it? Yes, there is. Mobile phones have been shown to potentially cause cancer. But how can we be sure?
Several prominent organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO), recently did research on the effects of cell phone radiation and whether it could lead to cancer or not. What the NIH discovered was a 50 minute call on a mobile phone increases the brain glucose metabolism in the area closest to the antenna of the phone. NIH determined the tests inconclusive because they were unsure how the increased levels of glucose metabolism affect people.
In the fine print of your mobile phone’s manual you can find a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). The SAR measures the amount of RF (radio frequency) that is absorbed by the human body. US laws say the SAR must be under 1.6, but in the UK the SAR can be up to 2. The WHO found evidence of increases in glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer for people using mobile phones against non-users. As a result in May 2011, WHO labeled mobile phones in the same carcinogenic category as lead, chloroform, and engine exhaust. Uh oh.
Mobile phone companies are doing research of their own pertaining to the radiation emitted, and if it can lead to cancer or other health problems. Most of research conducted by the mobile phone companies show radio waves sent out by cell phones to be completely harmless. The Journal of the American Medical Association claimed that if you are touching your cellphone to your ear while talking, then brain tissue around the radiation area uses 7% more energy. In children the percentages were drastically higher. But, as all the other research, they are unsure what this may cause in the short or long term.
In your cell phone manual you should see a warning in the small print about keeping your phone so many inches away from your ear while in use. It usually says at least 1 or 2 inches , but the safest is a minimum of 3. Some manuals even have a caution that states parents should limit use of cell phones in children under 10 years old.
The main cause of the radiation is your mobile phone connecting to a mobile tower from your phone provider. Radiation occurs more frequently during mobile calls compared to texts. And keep in mind the less service bars you have the harder your phone has to work – which makes the SAR higher, and that means more radiation is being emitted,. The SAR also goes up when you are traveling while talking on the phone, because your cellphone is constantly having to find new towers to connect to when moving. Making the SAR levels spike every time your phone locates and starts using another tower.
Texting, using speaker-phone, or using air tube headsets are some lower radiation alternatives to putting the phone close to your head, but don’t completely eliminate the risk of cancer. Bluetooth equipment is not in the safe use category because wearing it in your ear all day could lead to more exposure than an occasional phone call. Agencies are suggesting not to keep your mobile phone in your pockets or clipped to your pants either.
Now that you are in “the know” about mobile phones emitting radiation that can lead to cancer, please tell your family – especially any relatives with a young child, whose thin skulls allow for deeper radiation penetration into their brain.