Do Cellphones Cause Cancer?
Do cell phones cause cancer? Now that we’re all thoroughly hooked on our cell phones, brain cancer has become an issue! Most of us can’t imagine life without a cell phone and yet the question of cancer has arisen, which could threaten to unravel the very fabric of our modern lifestyles.
But the question of cancer is here...and for good reason. It’s true that the telecom industry continues to protest that “more research must be done” to determine, for certain, that cell phone radiation, which is simply a form of man-made electromagnetic fields(EMFs), are harmful to our health. However, it doesn’t take a long internet search to discover that there’s a ton of research proclaiming, loud and clear, that there’s a very strong correlation between cell phones and brain cancer.
Take, for instance, two books that have recently hit the stands: Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t be your Alarm Clock, by Ann Louise Gittelman; and Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, by Devra Davis. In both, you’ll find more than you ever wanted to know about the dangers of cell phones.
Cell Phones and Brain Cancer
There’s a specific kind of cancer, in particular, that we need to pay attention to: Glioma. Usually a rare type of cancer, it’s now on the rise, and closely linked to cell phone use. It has been found to develop on the side of the brain that the cell phone user holds his or her cell phone to- and in many cases, is found in people after just ten years of relatively light usage. This is especially important, because typically, there’s a long latency period before cancer shows up- sometimes up to 40 years- and yet, here it’s showing up in just one decade.
What do we do with this kind of information? Should we throw away our cell phones? For many of us that would be next to impossible. There are certain things we can do, however, such as texting and using our speaker phone instead of holding the phone against the ear- just these simple measures can help alleviate the risks of man-made EMFs.
The question, ‘Do cell phones cause cancer?’ may not be fully answered yet, but why wait until it is? The issue of cell phones and brain cancer is certainly not a trivial one.
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