Many of us may hold our cell phones close to us in case we get a call or a text message we need to answer right away.
A lot of the younger generation even sleep with their cell phones close by. This constant need to be connected could be slowly killing us, scientists say.
Are Mobile Phones Safe?
It’s never been a secret that keeping a cell phone close to your body is bad for you. One woman revealed her story to the Environmental Health Trust of how she possibly developed cancer.
With no risk factors for cancer, cancer specialists, Robert Nagourney and John West, were baffled as to what caused this young lady to develop multi-focal breast cancer. But when she admitted to tucking her cell phone into her bra on a daily basis, doctors connected the dots.
The pattern of the cancer in her breast and the distribution of cancerous cells were in the perfect shape of her cell phone.
While doctors still cannot prove for sure whether or not cell phones are the cause for most cases of cancer, there has been growing evidence to strongly suggest they may be.
The Risk of Wearing a Cell Phone
Cell phones continually broadcast radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, something that the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer has deemed “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.
It’s important to remember that the most dangerous area for your body to be near radiation exposure is anywhere within 6 inches. And as long as your cell phone is on, it’s emitting radiation nonstop.
So keep your cell phone at a safe distance as your entire body is at risk, though it’s becoming clear that some areas are more sensitive to the radiation than others.
Why We Should Put Down the Cell Phones
One 2009 study shows that men who carry their cell phone on their belt have lower bone density in the side of the pelvis they keep their mobile.
Another study conducted in the same year by Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, contributed cell phones as a risk for parotid tumors. His research shows a drastic increase of risk in the side of the head where you listen to your cell phone.
Your chances of parotid tumor increase by 34% if you’ve used a cell phone regularly for 5 years, and 58% if you’ve had over 5,500 calls in your lifetime on a mobile phone. There’s a 49% increase of risk if the amount of time spent on a cell phone is more than 266.3 hours during your lifetime.
Increased Risk in Children
Professor Lennart Hardell has stated that those who use cell phones heavily as teenagers are 4-5 times more likely to develop brain cancer.
This is due to children and teenager’s skull not being fully developed, and the radiation can easily travel to the brain unlike in adults.
So it may be a good idea to wait until they’re older to hand over a cancer-causing mobile device.