New Study: Smartphones Might Be Linked To Cancer
By Janet Early
Since cell phones have proliferated in our everyday life, so have concerns that the electronic waves they emit could be causing health problems, namely cancer.
These worries have been largely dissuaded over the years by health and governmental institutions, but a recent study shows they need to be addressed again and more thoroughly.
The study, launched by the U.S. government more than 10 years ago, found, according to the Wall Street Journal:
“Low incidences’ of two types of tumors – one in the brain and one in the heart – in male rats that were exposed to the kinds of low-level radio waves that are emitted by cell phones.”
Although the study is not yet complete, researchers determined their early findings to be significant enough to share immediately. They do caution, however, that it is too soon to conclude that cell phones cause cancer. But these study results are not encouraging.
The study was conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Toxicology Program. The Associate Director of this U.S. service stated, “We felt it was important to get the word out.” He went on to say, “Overall, we feel that the tumors are in fact likely to be related to the exposures.”
Interestingly, female rats did not develop tumors during the tests.
It’s important to note that there has always been discussion about how applicable studies performed on rats are to human health, but due to the credibility of the source (the U.S. Toxicology Program), these findings should be taken seriously.
Another concern regarding research on the relationship between cell phones and cancer is the sheer money involved with the cell phone industry. It’s disheartening to consider whether future study results could be corrupted by companies who want to keep their highly profitable products in consumer demand.
The National Toxicology Program plans to release the full results of the study when it finishes in 2017.
Should You Make Changes To Your Cell Phone Use?
While the study and its results are not yet finalized, this could be a good opportunity to examine your cell phone habits.
Most people have their cell phones with them 24/7. Phones have become our source of communication, information and entertainment. But it is possible to take steps to limit the amount of quality time you spend with your device.
For example, do you sleep with your phone charging right next to your bed? Perhaps try charging it in an outlet across the room or in a different room.
Do you frequently keep your phone in your pocket? Think about reducing the number of times your phone is in such close proximity to your body.
Also, consider trying a cell phone detox! It has health benefits way beyond avoiding electromagnetic waves.
Ultimately, it’s too soon to make any sweeping conclusions about the relationship between cell phones and cancer. But this is a solid opportunity to consider reducing your dependency on your cell phone.
The Wall Street Journal, May 28-29, 2016 issue. “Study Fans Cellphone Cancer Worries” by Ryan Knutson.
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Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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