While cell phones have improved our lives in countless ways, they also have some negative effects. One of the more serious concerns about the increased use of mobile devices over the years has been the fear that the radio frequency waves that make your phone work may increase your risk of cancer. While experts are divided on whether cell phones pose a significant risk or not, a recent study found evidence that they could ̵
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A study from the University of California, the Berkeley School of Public Health in conjunction with the Korean National Cancer Center and Seoul National University found evidence to suggest that telephone use is associated with an increased risk of tumors, particularly brain tumors. According to the study published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthby using your mobile phone to make calls for more than 1,000 hours – or approx. 17 minutes a day for a 10-year period – increased your risk of getting a tumor by 60 percent.
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“The use of mobile phones highlights a host of public health issues, and it has unfortunately received little attention in the scientific community,” studies lead author Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., said in a statement. Moskowitz is passionate about getting to the bottom of the risk of radiation coming from phones as well as cell phone towers, and he has been researching this topic since 2009. He said that after publishing research, he was contacted by survivors from cell phone radiation “begs” him “to keep on the subject.”
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the reason for the safety of cell phone use is in doubt because cell phones emit radio frequency waves that can cause radiation. ACS points out that the biggest concern is that these waves may increase your risk of brain tumors or other tumors in the head and neck area, as this is where your phone tends to sit while making a call.
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In addition to the potential for an increased risk of cancer, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also points out a handful of other possible risks that come with phone use. According to the CDPH, prolonged use of cell phones can result in “lower sperm counts and inactive or less mobile semen.” In addition, telephone use can negatively affect learning, memory, hearing, behavior and sleep and also lead to headaches.
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