Studies about Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer
In 1993, a lawsuit filed against the cell phone industry. The man claim that his wife died from a brain tumor which according to the man was caused by the repeated use of cell phone of his wife. The tumor grow on the very same side of the head where the man’s wife held the cell phone and the shape of the tumor is very much like an antenna of a cell phone. This case grew widespread and got media attention and it was even featured on Larry King show on CNN.
The lawsuit was dismissed by the federal court due to lack of merits and insufficient evidence, but the public became wary for the cell phone industry. And the lawsuit case filed by the man started the worldwide search for a definite answer to the question; Are cell phone safe to the public or not. Does it cause brain cancer and other diseases? Since the cell phone became accessible to the market, brain cancer cases in America went up to 25%, in fact, there are more than 190,000 cases of brain cancer in United States alone, thus some experts say that there is a link between the rising cases of brain cancer and the cell phone usage, but that is still remain to be proven.
Here are some studies and opinion regarding on the issue of Cell Phone can cause Cancer;
The effect of mobile phone radiation on human health is the subject of recent interest and study, as a result of the enormous increase in mobile phone usage throughout the world as of June 2009; there were more than 4.3 billion users worldwide. Mobile phone use electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range. Other digital wireless systems, such as data communication networks, produce similar radiation.
The WHO has classified mobile phone radiation on the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) scale into Group 2B- possibly carcinogenic. That means that there “could be some risk” of carcinogenicity, so additional research into the long term, heavy use of mobile phones needs to be conducted. Some national radiation advisory authorities have recommended measures to minimize exposure to their citizens as a precautionary approach.
According to the International Agency, mobile phone may pose cancer. The latest salvo in the cell phone radiation debate errs on the side of caution, mobile phones experts’ advice texting more than calling and talking to limit radiation exposure.
For those who are eyeing your cell phone suspiciously, it’s worth noting that both National Cancer and the World Health Organization say that there isn’t evidence to support assertion that cell phones are a public health threat. But a number of scientist are worried that there has been a dangerous rush to declare cell phones safe, using studies, they feel are inadequate and too often weighted toward the wireless industry’s interest. An analysis published by University of Washington neurologist Henry Lai determined that far more independent studies than industry-funded studies have found at least some type of biological effect from cell-phone exposure.
The wireless industry contends that Radio frequency radiation lacks the strength to alter molecules in the human body; the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) maximum for cell phone signal exposure is intended to prevent RF radiation from heating tissue to the point that cells are damaged. Cell phone radio frequency radiation’s “effects on the body, at least at this time, appears to be insufficient to produce genetic damage typically associated with developing cancer, “Dr. Robert Hoover, director of the National Cancer Institute’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, testified at a 2008 congressional hearing.
There are several different types of radiation present in our surroundings on days to day basis. Electromagnetic energy from cell phones and radiations towers are categorized as non- ionizing radiation and are generally thought to be harmless, while iodizing rays from x-rays and nuclear energy have been proven to cause cancer.
However, in recent years the sheer number of non-ionizing instruments in our surrounding has caused some scientists to wonder if the assumption that this type is truly safe.
The studies and researches to proved and not to prove still continues, and according to the latest survey conducted by the Associated Press, there are about 4.7 billion people who use cell phone worldwide. And only in the United States of America where the cases of brain tumor and cancer went up, but the rest of the world still remain the same.