Heavy Use of Mobile Phones Increase Cancer Risk

Mobile phones or cellular phones are being linked to a number of issues such as gas station explosions and health problems such as cancer.

With regards to gas station explosions, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has this to say:

There is no evidence that these reports are true.

The wireless industry has done studies on the potential for wireless phones to create sparks that could possibly ignite flammable materials. The studies generally conclude that while it may be theoretically possible for a spark from a cell phone battery to ignite gas vapor under very precise conditions, there is no documented incident where the use of a wireless phone was found to cause a fire or explosion at a gas station.

While any potential threat by wireless devices is very remote, there are potential ignition sources at gas stations like automobiles and static electricity. The wireless industry suggests wireless phone users should always consult their owner’s manuals for information on the use of the phone and should follow all posted instructions at gas stations.

Scientific testing, however, has not established a dangerous link between wireless phones and fuel vapors. Wireless phone manufacturers and fuel companies have issued these warnings as a precaution. If you have questions about your wireless phone, contact your wireless phone company.

Cell phones and cancer

As for the effects of mobile phones on our health – particularly its link to cancer – the Mayo Clinic reports that while the association is controversial, researches showed conflicting results. At present, there is still no consensus regarding the degree of cancer risk presented by mobile phone use.

The main concern appears to be the occurrence of brain tumors. Some studies point to a small increase in the rate or brain tumors since the 1970s, but these slight increases may also be caused by or related to other factors, including increased access to health care, advancements in diagnostic imaging, and even minor but actual increase in brain lymphomas due in part to HIV and other conditions that affect the target the immune system.

Cell phones may have nothing to do at all with the increase in brain tumors since the 1970s because cell phones were not yet in use at that time.

Recent studies on mobile phones and cancer

A recent study which involved tracking more than 420,000 cell phone users over a 20-year period, found no evidence linking cell phone use and brain tumors.

Another recent study suggested a connection between cell phone use and cancer of the pituitary glands. However, only a few participants had malignant tumor. Plus, there was an apparent increase in tobacco use – a common salivary gland cancer cause – among the participants.

Still we have to consider the time period. It’s too early for recent studies to find definitive proof. When a new cancer-causing agent is "introduced", it usually takes several years before an increase in cancer rates can observed.

With very limited information to go by, we can’t tell if cell phones can cause cancer or not. And while researches are still ongoing, there is still no substantial proof that cell phone use increases the risk of developing cancer.

If you’re apprehensive about the possible connection between cell phones and cancer then try limiting your mobile phone use, or wear earpieces or a headset the puts the cell phone antenna farther from your body.


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