Cellular Phones-A Risks of Brain Cancer-There have been so many concerns raised about the safety of cell phone use and these concerns focus on whether cell phones might increase the risks of brain tumors or other tumors in the head and neck area.
This is particularly important because the international telecommunications union estimated that about 5 billion people have subscribed to cell phones globally.
Cell phones work by sending signals to (and receiving them from nearby cell towers (base stations) using radio frequency (RF) waves.
The form of electromagnetic energy is similar to FM radio waves, microwaves, visible light, and heat and is also a form of non-ionizing radiation. The amount of radiofrequency energy absorbed into the user’s body is known as the specific absorption rate (SAR).
Different cell phones have different SAR levels, this information can be found on the manufacturer’s website or the user manual for the phone.
The RF waves from cell phones come from the antenna and are strongest at the antenna and lose energy quickly as they travel away from the phone.
Radiofrequency is given out more than a long time is spent with the phone, distance and path to the nearest cell phone tower is much, the amount of cell phone traffic in the area at the time is high.
A phone study carried out in 13 different countries revealed that cell phone use among a population of more than 5,000 people who developed brain tumors and a similar group of people without tumors. Overall, the study found no link between brain tumor risk and the frequency of calls, longer call time, or cell phone use for 10 or more years.
There was a suggestion of possible increased risk in 10% of people who used their cell phones the most. Another study compared more than 1,000 people acoustic neuromas to more than 2,000 people without tumors. There was no overall link between cell phones and acoustic neuromas.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) which one of its major goals is to identify the causes of and the possible preventable measures.
IARC has classified Radiofrequency as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” based on the limited evidence of a possible increase in risk for brain tumors among cell phone users, and inadequate evidence of other types of cancers.
How to Lower the Risk
- Use the speaker mode on the phone or a hands-free device such as a corded or cordless earpiece to move the antenna away from your head
- Text instead of talking always on the phone
- Limit your cell phone use
- Choose a phone with a low SAR value
- Limit cell phone calls to those that are absolutely necessary
- Avoid making or receiving calls in places with hard reception
- Put your phone on airplane mode when you are not using its wireless functions
- Avoid carrying cell phones in your pockets or anywhere on your body when it is switched on.
- Do not take your cell phone into your bedroom at night and if you must, keep it in airplane mode and as far from your head as possible.
- If a long conversation is in place opt to meet the person directly or call the landline.
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