Frying Our Brains? Cellphones and Cancer

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By: Alima Mootoo

Cell phones are used everywhere by many people, but what few users know is that they can possibly cause its users to develop cancer.

The World Health Organization has listed mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform because of the radiation cell phones’ emit. Some evidence has been gathered that prove that there is an increase in glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer for mobile phone users. However, the researchers are unsure of the effect of other types of cancers.

Cell phone radiation is called non-ionizing, which is similar to a very low-powered microwave oven. Microwave radiation basically “cooks the brain.” Therefore, cell phone use could cause more than just cancer. It could lead to other issues within the cognitive memory function, since the memory temporal lobes are where cell phones are typically held when in use.

Studies remain inconclusive, but will continue.

Be careful, everyone. Your next phone call might lead to a phone call to an oncologist.

 

Sources Referenced:

Dellorto, Danielle. “Cell Phones May Be Carcinogenic Hazards.” Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? Ed. Clay Farris Naff. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. At Issue. Rpt. from “WHO: Cell Phone Use Can Increase Possible Cancer Risk.” CNN. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.

 

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