Is it true that usage of mobile phones will lead to brain cancer? Mobile phones produce radio frequency radiation or radio waves. It is a form of non-ionizing radiation. “Non-ionizing radiation simply means that there is enough energy to move atoms in a molecule around or cause them to move, but not enough energy to remove electrons. ” (Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation, US Environmental Protection Agency n. d) With this said, atoms and molecules of tissues closest to where the mobile phone is held, could be affected.
“What microwave radiation does in most simplistic terms is similar to what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain,” Black said. “So in addition to leading to a development of cancer and tumors, there could be a whole host of other effects like cognitive memory function, since the memory temporal lobes are where we hold our cell phones. “(Delloroto CNN, 2011) “Dr. Carlo’s research showed that people who use cell phones have three times the risk of developing brain tumors, brain cancer and eye cancer. Dr.
Carlo also found that radiation from cell phone use disrupted the blood/brain barrier, damaged DNA and caused micronuclei to enter the blood stream. All of his findings were corroborated by the European Union in 2004” (Cell Phone Radiation Protection, EMF Protection Device: Neutralize Cell Phone Radiation with Cell Phone Tab Reduce mobile phone radiation health risks, cancer n. d) “Another study on the hazards of cell phone radiation was done under the supervision of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Lennart Hardell was head of the study conducted at the Orerbro Medical Center in Sweden.
The study showed that people who used cell phones for less than 10 years faced a 20% higher risk of developing brain tumors. For those who used cell phones for over ten years, the risk of developing a brain tumor increased 80%. The study also found that brain tumors were 2. 5 times more likely to be on the same side of the head on which the phone was held. ”( Cell Phone Radiation Protection, EMF Protection Device: Neutralize Cell Phone Radiation with Cell Phone Tab Reduce mobile phone radiation health risks, cancer n.
d) To add on to these, Industry-funded research also showed that the risk of brain tumors elevated because of the usage of mobile phones. All 5 studies showed that elevated risks for brain tumor have increased of mobile phone use. Ronald B. Herberman, MD, Director Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has stated: “Based on substantial evidence, especially from industry-independent studies that long term exposure to radiofrequency radiation may lead to increased risk for brain tumors.
Some of my scientific colleagues have expressed skepticism about the reported biological effects, especially DNA damage by radiofequency radiation, because of the absence of a demonstrated underlying molecular mechanism, however, based on the precautionary principle, I believe it is more prudent to take seriously the reports by multiple investigators that radiofrequency can damage DNA and increase the risk for brain tumours, and for industry-independent agencies to provide needed funding for detailed research to ascertain the molecular basis for such effects.
” Furthermore, Lloyd Morgan, lead author and member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, says: “Exposure to cell phone radiation is the largest human health experiment ever undertaken, without informed consent, and has some 4 billion participants enrolled. Science has shown increased risk of brain tumours from usage of cell phones, as well as increased risk of eye cancer, salivary gland tumours, testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. The public must be informed. ”
What this goes to say is that, 4 billion people in the world unknowingly develop brain tumours and such as a result of use of mobile phones. People of all ages unknowingly consent the development of these tumours. Unlike other types of research where the participant willingly consents. As a teenager, I myself engage in mobile phone chatter from time to time. I have been using my mobile phone since a young age, and after the research I have gathered, I start to wonder if I have developed any health problems myself.
In conclusion, I agree to some extent that mobile phone use leads to brain cancer. The development of health complications depends on factors such as frequency of use and hypersensitivity to radiation. These are all very situational.
Reference List Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation, US Environmental Protection Agency, (n. d. ) Extracted on May 3rd , 2012. http://www. epa. gov/rpdweb00/understand/ionize_nonionize. html Delloroto (2011) WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk
Extracted on May 3rd, 2012 http://edition. cnn. com/2011/HEALTH/05/31/who. cell. phones/index. html Cell Phone Radiation Protection, EMF Protection Device: Neutralize Cell Phone Radiation with Cell Phone Tab! Reduce mobile phone radiation health risks, cancer. (n. d. ) Extracted on May 3rd ,2012 http://www. emfblues. com/Cell-Phone-Radiation-Cell-Phone-EMF-Mobile-Phone-Radiation-Effects-Health-Risks-Dangers-Cancer-EMF-Protection-Safety. html.