Is your cell phone giving you cancer? It depends on who you listen to. The truth is, right now, not enough is known for sure because cell phones have not been in use all that long. In 20 to 30 years, we should have a better idea of the long term effects of cell phone use on cancer rates, but that doesn’t do us a whole lot of good right now.
Instead, we can take a look at what we do know and come to some educated conclusions. Researchers have found that radiation from cell phones can enter two inches into the skulls of adults and four inches into the skulls of kids. Potentially, that could cause heating of the brain that could possibly lead to the development of brain cancer. In fact, the brain and hip area is the two areas of concern since that is where we come into contact with cell phones the most often.
Radiation has been found to penetrate the hip to a depth of four inches, which is deep enough to reach stem cells. It is not known right now if that poses a danger to our health or not. Some small studies have shown a link between frequent cell phone use and the development of certain tumors and cancers. Other studies fail to show such a correlation.
Since we won’t know for sure what cell phones are doing to us and our kids for a few more decades, it just makes sense to me to play it safe and minimize exposure to the radiation whenever possible. One thing you can do is to text more and talk less. It is fortunate kids prefer texting as this keeps the phones away from their ears and brains.
Still kids and adult alike may want to limit the use of cell phones or use headset devices that keep the phone away from their brains. You might also want to remove the phone from your body when not in use rather than keep it hanging on your belt or in your pocket at all times.
Cell phones are a necessity of life these days and their use will probably only increase in the coming years. Our kids, in particular, will have nearly life-long exposure. That is a scary thought when we don’t know for sure what they are doing to us, so it never hurts to play it safe.
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