Technology has totally changed the way people live and perform different everyday tasks. One can see the modifications that have occurred in and often long and difficult tasks by comparison with the lives of people from merely ten years ago.
Cell phones are one of the most widely used and greatly relied on technology in the world today. The popularity of cell phones has increased dramatically and almost every other person if shocked if someone does not have one.
Majority of the times, the changes cell phone have brought with them along with advancements in technology have been very useful and positive.
When was the last time anyone had to carry a map in their bags to check the way to a place or even pulled out an encyclopedia to check the meaning of a word instead of easily checking it either on the built-in encyclopedia present in the mobile or on the internet?
However, while cell phones have helped improve life in a variety of ways and simplified some of the difficult tasks, recent studies have suggested that using too much of cell phone might be linked to serious health conditions like cancer.
While there are not enough studies on the long-term impacts on the usage of cell phones (and similar devices) the latest ones that have confirmed that using them is not completely safe.
It is also important to keep in mind that one of the reasons behind lack of studies is the popularity of cell phones is recent. It also took researchers decade to prove that there is a link between smoking and the health of lungs.
So, what is the new concern about the dangers of using cell phones as well as technology in general?
Cell phones emit non-ionizing radiation. These radiations are generated radio ways which are a type of electromagnetic radiation. It is known for a long time that tissues in the body are able to absorb the radiations.
In a similar way, the tissues which are nearest to the cell phone’s antennas are also able to absorb some of the energy. This has been the particular concern regarding cell phone use and the risk of cancer.
A number of studies have been conducted to specifically study the effect of non-ionizing radiation absorption by the tissues in the body. While many bring mixed results, the American Cancer Society does not give credibility to any single one of them.
In 2016, the data of a large-scale study conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program on the link between cell phone usage and increased risk of cancer was released.
What was the significant point the study highlighted? High signal radiation did lead to higher chances of malignant gliomas in the brain.
Additionally, the study even showed other effects of cell phone radiations on the health. The risk of schwannomas – the rare health condition in which tumors are formed on the nerve sheath of the heart – also increased.
Another study published in Oman Medical Journal showed that cell phone radiations can also trigger thyroid stimulating hormones. This may not sound serious, but the slightest changes to thyroid hormone levels can change brain function.
The radiations from the cell phone can have negative effects on the hypothalamic pituitary thyroid axis, changing the normal thyroid hormone levels.
The higher the exposure to the non-ionizing radiations emitted by the cell phones, the higher the risk of developing cancer along with all of the other mentioned health conditions.
Do you still think it is a good idea to always keep your phone near you whenever possible?
The World Health Organization declared cell phone radiation to be a 2B carcinogen back in 2011. Most of the medical literature has too, suggested that using cell phones during the teenage years can increase the risk of a brain cancer diagnosis by 4 to 5 times.