Cellphone Radiation

The World Health Organization announced on May 31, 2011 that cellphone radiation could possibly linked to cancer. There have been many speculations and researches done to find out its validity. This awareness may have been well known to some yet cellphones continue in its innovation, consequently making it an indispensable gadget.

Clearly, we are in the ever fast paced times where being punctual is valued but being advanced is even more appreciated. With just a few clicks, a cell phone use can range from responding to an important message to sending career-related e-mails. These comforts enable a person to be convenient yet at the same time unknowingly soaked in radiation. What should you know about it?

Cellphone Radiation and Health

Subsequent to WHO’s (World Health Organization) declaration of cellphone radiation’s cancer-causing effect, it resulted to it being under the category of “carcinogenic hazard” alongside the level of lead and engine exhaust (1). This potential danger led to conducting different cellphone radiation studies which specifically consisted of 31 scientists from 14 different countries to examine its extensive effects. Standard conclusion has been reached which included an increase in some brain cancers (Glioma and acoustic neuroma) (2), the type of cancers that take root in gradual yet progressive process.

Cell Phone Danger

Hence the inevitable question, how does cell phone radiation affect our body? First, cellphones function with the use of microwave spectrum’s signals. It makes use of RF (radio frequency) which goes through the body especially when the gadget is within the body’s contact. Prolonged and frequent use in this manner could possibly result to cancer as well as cognitive memory impairments such as disorientation and dizziness.

Additionally, these potential cell phone dangers because of its radiation should also be considered:

1) Cell phone radiation can have a direct impact to a pregnant woman. The baby in uterus can be impacted negatively when used regularly and lengthily.

2) A cellphone that comes with a regular wired headset has been revealed to increase the effect of radiation in the ear canal (3). To be on the safe mode, use the wireless headset instead.

3) When in an enclosed metal space such as cars or elevators, mobile phone radiation is ever more susceptible to all people present. Avoid making or taking calls when present in that area  (the Faraday Cage effect) (4).

Realistically, it is in human nature to continuously use something unless proofs of inconvenience or hazard are presented. Cell phones, being more convenient as time goes by, make it easier for us to make use of it more than ever. With further studies still being conducted about the cell phone radiation’s extensive effects to the body, when it comes to cell phone use, it is best for us to take precautionary measures for long term health benefits.

Sources and citation:

1.http://edition.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/31/who.cell.phones/index.html

2.http://edition.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/31/who.cell.phones/index.html

3.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1392810/Mobile-phones-CAN-increase-cancer-risk-Shock-finding-major-study.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

4.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1392810/Mobile-phones-CAN-increase-cancer-risk-Shock-finding-major-study.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

↑ http://www.who.int/en/

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Further Reading..

In America 20 million kids under the age of fourteen have cell phones and in Australia one in four 9 year old's has their own phone.

More reading if you are considering a mobile phone for your child or teenager

From the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) comes a fact sheet on the use of wireless devices..

"Due to the lack of scientific evidence on mobile and cordless phone use by children, ARPANSA recommends that parents encourage their children to limit their exposure,''

They also suggest that baby monitors be kept a meter away from cots, to minimise any electromagnetic emissions.

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