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Could My Cell Phone Give Me Cancer?
If someone told me that my cell phone could give me cancer, I would have laughed. In this day and age, who doesn’t have a cell phone? How could something that has become a staple in today’s world cause harm as badly as cancer? Then I realized it could.
I came across an article by the World Health Organization, classifying cell phone radiation a Class B carcinogen (likely to cause cancer in humans). Carcinogens are substances or factors that if exposed to, can lead to cancer, This action came in part to a response of the mounting research showing wireless telephones increase the risk for brain cancer.
Every single study of brain tumors that looks at ten or more years of use shows an increased risk of brain cancer. A recent study from Sweden is particularly frightening, suggesting that if you started using a cell phone as a teen, you have a five times greater risk of brain cancer than those who started as an adult.
In 2014, French researchers found an almost three-fold increase in the incidence of brain cancer in people with more than 900 hours of lifetime cellphone use. In March of 2015, Swedish researchers reported that the risk of being diagnosed with brain cancer increased by a factor of three in people who'd used cell or cordless phones for at least 25 years.
What exactly is the MWR (microwave radiation) that is emitted from wireless phones and tablets? It is intermittent and destabilizing pulses; that disrupt the DNA, weaken the brain’s protective barrier, and release highly reactive and damaging free radicals. Electromagnetic fields equal to those generated by mobile phones open the blood-brain barrier, causing blood vessels to leak fluid into the brain and damage neurons.
The younger you are the more vulnerable you are to this type of radiation. Multiple studies have shown that children’s brain tissue absorbs two times more MWR than that of adults, and their bone marrow absorbs ten times more MWR than that of adults.
According to an April 2015 study, the average age of kids when they get first cell phone is six. (Sigh.) We see kids everywhere chatting with their phones held smack up against their brains, pushed against their bodies in their pockets. Non-ionizing or microwave radiation emitted from phones and tablets damages the brain and sperm of experimental animals.
Top Safety Tips for Cell Phone Usage
- Distance is your friend.
- Don’t hold a cell phone directly up to your head.
- A nonmetal case will reduce radiation up to 90 percent.
- Use your cell phone on airplane mode and Wi-Fi to OFF.
- Pregnant women should keep cell phones away from their abdomens.
- Don’t allow children to play with or use your cell phone.
- Turn off your wireless router at night to minimize exposure to radiation.