Can your Cell Phone give you Cancer?
Yeah…it’s pretty obvious that there could be a health risk associated with using cell phones, but they are such an important part of our lives that nobody wants to look at the mounting evidence. But is there really enough evidence to cause concern?
Some experts feel that cell phones are a ticking time bomb in terms of health problems. Experts have recently released new evidence showing that your beloved cell phone may actually be causing cancer.
Cell phones emit electromagnetic radiation which is suspected to be a cause of brain tumor development.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France issued a statement that cell phones are possibly carcinogenic to humans. They classified cellphones in category 2B, which includes other problematic chemicals like gasoline exhaust and the now illegal pesticide DDT.
Previous research showed no conclusive evidence supporting the idea that cell phones cause cancer. However, cell phone use has drastically changed in the past few years. People not only use cell phones for calls, but also use them for texting, internet access, GPS directions, and photography. As a result, people are rarely if ever away from their cell phone, and they are always turned on.
The number of cell phone users has increased rapidly. According to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet association, more than 285 million subscribers to cell phone service in the United States in 2009. This is an increase from 110 million users in 2000 and 208 million users in 2005.
Although previous research had show no conclusive evidence linking cell phones to cancer, there are many people who feel it is too early to claim that there is no risk. Many types of cancer can take decades to develop, so there is no way to know for sure at this point whether there are health risks associated with long term exposure.
According to Cancer Research U.K., the only proven health danger firmly connected to cell phones is a higher risk of car accidents.