The non-ionising electromagnetic radiation emitted by most mobile devices has been linked to an increased risk of users developing brain tumours, malignant or otherwise, by a study in Sweden. This is because this emitted radiation is susceptible to being absorbed by the cells and tissue in the head when the phone is in use. Other research projects like the aforementioned study have been carried out over a decade or more, and these have provided the most conclusive evidence to support this discovery.
As unearthed by this study, there is a 70% greater chance of people developing brain cancer after using mobile devices for over a year than those who used them for a year or less. Likewise, a 300% greater risk of cancer was found in people who had been exposed to such devices over periods of 2 or more years than in those who had used the devices for a year or less.
The study did not just take the total number of years into account, but the number of HOURS logged a day on a mobile device as well. A quarter of the subjects used in the study had used cell phones for over 2376 hours in their lives (about 40 minutes every day for 10 years). A 250% increase in the risk of brain tumours was found in the people who used mobiles heavily, as opposed to those who had used them for less than 39 hours in their lifetime.
The famed Interphone study, a ten year project by 13 countries, had similar results to this newer study, finding 18% increased risk of brain cancer in people who had clocked over 1640 hours on mobile phones in their lives. However, the Swedish study went a step further by finding out that the risk of brain cancer was higher in the part of the brain which was usually exposed to the radiation from mobile and wireless phones (the side of the head used to speak during calls etc)
Owing to the huge similarities between these and other studies, international and domestic health organisations the world over are asking for a revision of wireless safety standards. For example, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently placed radio-frequency electro-magnetic fields under the category “2B carcinogen”. Other bodies like The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) and the Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) are all calling for improved standards, alongside individual doctors who have realised the threat posed.
Owing to the grievous lack of protective regulations and laws, people need to act for themselves by:
- Using wireless phones for calls only when absolutely necessary.
- Using speaker-phone (loudspeaker) or a hands-free headset when possible
- Keeping cell phones at a safe distance from major organs
- Turning off cell phones when not in use
- Texting instead of talking
- Alternating from one side of the head to the other when phoning
- Deterring from using mobiles in low reception areas
- Using a corded land line whenever possible
- Removing cordless phones from bedrooms
It is imperative that wireless devices be used in a limited capacity to protect the general public from the clear threat such devices pose to their health.