We all know that too much time spent on our phones can be bad for our health – but can it actually cause cancer?
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We are all too familiar with the risks of talking on our phones while driving. But what about the risks of talking, texting, and emailing on our phones when we’re not driving? A growing body of scientific evidence has raised concerns that the radiofrequency (RF) energy emitted by cell phones could potentially cause cancer.
What is cancer?
Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the cells of the skin, it is called skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma. Basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer are often together called non-melanoma skin cancers. Melanoma is less common but more serious than the other types of skin cancer.
How can phones cause cancer?
Radiation from your phone can increased cancer risk.
Research suggests that spending a lot of time on your phone may increase your risk of certain types of cancer. The verdict isn’t definitive, but the evidence is growing stronger.
Here’s what we do know: Cellphones emit low levels of radiation. Radiation is a type of energy that travels in waves or particles. It’s also present in things like x-rays, microwaves, and radio waves.
Cellphones emit radiofrequency radiation (RF), which is a type of non-ionizing radiation. Non-ionizing radiation doesn’t have enough energy to remove electrons from atoms, so it can’t cause cancer by damaging DNA inside cells. (Ionizing radiation, such as x-rays, can damage DNA.)
RF Can Raise Cancer Risk
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) released partial findings from two studies that exposed rats and mice to RF radiation at levels similar to what people are exposed to when they use cellphones. The studies found “low incidences” of two types of tumors in male rats:
-Hearing loss in male rats exposed to RF radiation
Tumors in the brain and adrenal gland
How does phone radiation cause cancer?
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are a well-known cause of skin cancer. But what about the radiofrequency (RF) energy given off by our phones?
There is no strong or consistent evidence that mobile phone use increases the risk of getting brain cancer or other head tumors. The United States National Cancer Institute points out that “RF energy may alter the behavior of cells, but it does not damage DNA or cells in the way that UV radiation from the sun does.”
Still, some studies have found an increased risk of brain tumors among heavy cell phone users. A Danish study found an increased risk of brain tumors among people who used cell phones for more than 10 years, and a Korean study found an increased risk for people who started using cell phones before age 20. However, it’s not clear if these increases are due to RF energy or other factors, such as increased time spent on the phone or holding it against your head.
What are the risks of phone radiation?
The microwave radiation emitted by phones has been classified as a “possible human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Exposure to this type of radiation is thought to increase the risk of brain and eye cancer.
How can you protect yourself from phone radiation?
There is currently no conclusive evidence that Phone radiation causes cancer. However, some studies have found a possible link between long-term exposure to Phone radiation and an increased risk of brain tumors.
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from Phone radiation:
– Use a hands-free device to avoid holding the Phone directly to your head.
– Limit the amount of time you spend on the Phone.
– Keep the Phone away from your body when it’s not in use.
– Use a speakerphone or headset instead of holding the Phone to your ear.
Are there any other risks associated with phone use?
There are no clear answers as to whether or not cell phones pose a health risk. However, there are some other risks associated with phone use that are worth mentioning. For example,Texting while driving is a leading cause of car accidents in the United States. In addition, looking at your phone while walking can increase your risk of tripping and falling. If you are concerned about the possible health risks of cell phone use, you may want to consider using a hands-free device or limiting your use of cell phones.
How can you reduce your risk of cancer?
There’s no one answer to the question of how you can reduce your risk of cancer. But there are some lifestyle changes you can make that may lower your risk.
One of the best things you can do for your health is to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a major risk factor for many types of cancer, including ovarian, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers.
You can also lower your risk by staying active and exercising regularly. Physical activity helps to keep your weight down and also reduces inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
Eating a healthy diet is another important way to reduce your risk of cancer. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and limit processed meats has been shown to lower the risk of various types of cancer. You should also limit your alcohol intake, as excess alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for cancer, particularly cancers of the throat and mouth.
Finally, you can reduce your risk by avoiding exposure to carcinogens. Carcinogens are substances that increase the risk of cancer. Some common carcinogens include tobacco smoke, radiation (including sunlight), and certain chemicals used in industry (such as asbestos).
What are the symptoms of cancer?
Cancer is a disease that occurs when abnormal cells in the body grow and divide uncontrollably. Cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. There are many different types of cancer, and the symptoms and effects of the disease vary depending on the specific type. Early detection and treatment of cancer can often improve the chances of a cure.
There are many different types of cancer, but some of the most common include skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. Symptoms of cancer can vary depending on the type and location of the tumor, but may include fatigue, weight loss, pain, and changes in appearance or skin changes. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor for a diagnosis.
When should you see a doctor?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor as soon as possible:
-a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear
-drainage from your ear
-ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
-vertigo or a sense of spinning
-a sensation of movement in your ear