Do mobile phones cause brain cancer?

Since mobile phones hit the consumer market 30 years ago, medical professionals have been monitoring whether there is a connection between cell phone use and brain cancer. Even more questions arise as 5G phones become more prevalent.

The connection between cellphones and cancer may stem from ideas like this: Mobile phones use radio-frequency radiation, and radio-frequency radio waves can cause cancer, therefore mobile phones cause cancer. There are also suggestions that because there has been an increase in brain cancer over the last 20 years, it must be because cellphones have become more prevalent.

Well, the BBC show “Truth or Scare” claims to have debunked the myth that mobile phones increase our risks for tumors in the brain.
The truth about mobile phones and cancer

A scientist tells BBC’s “Truth or Scare” the amount of radio waves emitted by mobile phones is so small, it doesn’t damage cells in our bodies. They found no evidence that should cause worry.

Why, then do we see more brain tumors? Is it mere coincidence that brain cancer has increased at the same time cellphone usage has?

The reason we’ve seen more diagnoses of brain cancers is because the scientific community has gotten better at detecting cancers, the BBC scientist says.

In fact, they point out that the most significant health risk of mobile phones is distracted driving (and distracted walking).
Research about mobile phones and cancer

In the United Kingdom, brain cancer diagnoses have increased 34% over the past 20 years. But, as Cancer Research UK (CRUK) points out, cell phone ownership in the UK rose by 500% between 1990 and 2016. So if phones were to blame for the increase, CRUK researchers say the rate of brain cancer would be much higher.

In the U.S., the National Cancer Institute tells us there are three reasons that make us worry about cell phones and brain cancer:
Cell phones emit radio-frequency radiation from their antennas. The head is nearest to the antenna.
The number of cell phone users has increased rapidly.
The time we spend on cell phones has increased.
Here’s the good news: Mobile phones emit non-ionizing radiation. They’re safe.

If you’re still concerned about low-energy radiation exposure from your mobile phone, the American Cancer Society suggests using an earpiece, although some research suggests ear buds can cause cancer. You can also stick to cell phones for shorter conversations or when a landline is not available.

Do AirPods and other EarPods cause cancer? Here’s the scary research

By Francis Navarro

Do AirPods and other EarPods cause cancer? Here’s the scary research
They’re polarizing, but the Apple’s AirPods, the courageous wireless earbuds that promised to whisk us away to an un-tethered musical wonderland, are undeniably big hits.

With Apple ceremoniously killing off the headphone jack on the iPhone, other smartphone makers have followed suit, writing thankless obituaries for the traditional 3.5 mm audio port and declaring boldly that the future of headphones is indeed wireless.

But as we’re now increasingly bombarded with constant radio frequencies and electromagnetic radiation from our gadgets every single second, do the AirPods and other wireless headphones pose a very serious danger due to their close proximity to our heads?

A group of scientists believes so, and they are now imploring the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to hear them out.
Can AirPods cause cancer?

A group of around 250 EMF scientists has issued an international appeal to the UN and the WHO, calling for “protection from non-ionizing electromagnetic exposure.”

Based on peer-reviewed research, they said that they have serious concerns about our increasing exposure to the radiation emitted by electric and wireless devices.

And like any other modern gadget, AirPods and other Bluetooth earphones, like the Beats X and the new Samsung Galaxy Buds, for example, also emit electromagnetic field (EMF) radio frequencies.

AirPods, in general, are a big cause of concern since they are embedded within one’s ear canal when in use, directly exposing the inner ear to EMF radiation. The close proximity to the brain of their typical position is also alarming to many scientists.
According to the group’s UN appeal, numerous recent studies show that EMF exposure has these effects on living organisms:
increased cancer risk
cellular stress
increase in harmful free radicals
genetic damages
structural and functional changes of the reproductive system
learning and memory deficits
neurological disorders
negative impacts on general well-being in humans
This damage, they said, goes beyond humans. There is growing evidence that these also adversely affect both plant and animal life.
The debate over Bluetooth and other low-power EMF

One thing about Bluetooth and cellphone radiation is that it’s low energy, so some argue that it’s generally safer than high-energy radiation sources like X-rays.

The most well-known short-term risk associated with radio frequency radiation is that, at very high levels, it can generate heat and cause burns. However, scientists and researchers are still gathering data about the effects of long-term exposure to low-power EMF radiation. There’s simply not enough data yet to make anything conclusive.

Past studies have certainly linked certain types of brain cancer and fertility problems even to low-energy radiation like the type emitted by cellphones and other wireless gadgets. Similar to what the EMF scientists said, although not conclusive, radio frequency radiation is linked to health issues like:
Brain cancer, tumors of the acoustic nerve (necessary for hearing and balance) and the salivary glands
Lower sperm counts and inactive, less mobile sperm
Headaches and effects on learning and memory, hearing, behavior and sleep
Some people also claim that they have EMF hypersensitivity and say exposure to radio frequency radiation trigger multiple symptoms like headaches, muscle aches and pain, rashes, insomnia and nosebleeds.

Other bodies such as the FDA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer also admitted that “extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields” are possibly carcinogenic to humans.

Again, similar to the debate over cellular and Wi-Fi electromagnetic field radiation, the scientific community is yet to conclude on the health impact of low-energy EMF exposure.

But although there is no conclusive data yet (research will take years), why should we risk it?

This is precisely the reason why this group of EMF scientists petitioned the UN and the WHO to develop guidelines to substantially lower human exposures to radio frequency radiation.

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