Can cell phones cause cancer? Five steps to reduce risk


Can cell phones cause cancer? Five steps to reduce risk

 There is controversy about cell phones and cancer.

I have always firmly believed that you should not hold your phone on your head for long periods. Ma'am, don't put your phone in your bra, and men shouldn't put their phones in your front pants pocket. More on that later.

Since the time of the first iPhone, it has been over fourteen years ago that ushered in the era of smartphones. The latest research on whether there is a direct relationship between cell phones and cancer is shocking.

Cell phones and cancer: A new study at the University of California at Berkeley indicates that cell phones increase cancer risk. What exactly does the research say? Over the years, there are many different studies on the potential health effects of cell phone radiation, from early models to the latest 5G phones, with mixed results. That's why new research from the University of California, Berkeley, caught my attention. It is suggested that there is a link between mobile phone use and an increased risk of developing tumors, especially on the right side of the brain. As part of the study, the researchers looked at statistics from about 50 other studies worldwide, including the USA, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The researchers found that if a person used a mobile phone for more than 1,000 hours over ten years, the risk of developing a tumor increased by 60%. It sounds like a lot, but it's on average just 17 minutes a day when you do the math. Their findings also showed that mobile phone use for ten years or more doubled the risk of developing brain tumors.

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Although there has been no direct response to Berkeley's research, the Food and Drug Administration has long maintained that there is no consistent scientific evidence of health problems caused by exposure to radiofrequency energy emitted by cell phones.

However, nine years ago, a friend - an actual brain surgeon - gave me advice when asking him for his opinion. Never raise it to your head. He said his colleagues noticed an increase in brain tumors on the right side of the head.

I have been given this advice for many years. Here are the steps I take to reduce the risks of mobile phone radiation. These are good practices to pass on to children too, who often get their hands on cell phones at a young age.

1. You should not use your mobile phone on the bus, train, or plane when the connection is low. Be careful because your phone emits more radiation, not less, when you don't have a strong signal. Look at your phone bars. If that signal isn't powerful, your phone is doing its best trying to connect to the network.

During these times, in particular, please keep it away from your head and body. Stick to texts or use headphones or a headset.

2. Use the megaphone: You don't want to have every conversation, especially in public, on the speaker. It's an easy fix. I turn the Bluetooth at home or in my car 

3. Use headphones

For most calls, I have AirPods. Wireless earbuds connect to the phone via Bluetooth, which research shows lower risks from mobile phone emissions. Wired headphones also work, although they're not nearly as comfortable.

4. Do not store the phone in your body

 bras and pockets are prohibited. I wouldn't say I like carrying my bag, but I want to have my cell phone in my pocket for less. Hold a phone; crossbody bags can come in handy on vacation or for quick errands. 

When you carry your phone in your pants, consider a signal-blocking bag. This will block your phone's signal, so you won't receive calls or messages when it's indoors. 

5. You should not sleep with your phone under your pillow or near your head

This one is a no-brainer for several reasons. Unless you sleep with your phone in Do Not Disturb mode, you won't need hums, sounds, and lights to interrupt your break time.

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