It’s ironical that many of us install a variety of health and fitness apps on our smartphones, but few of us understand how hazardous cell phone usage can be. If you thought that the rash of mishaps brought on by selfie-obsessed youngsters was bad enough, you’ve got something bigger to worry about!
In a tragic turn of events, Ian Phillips succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 44. He was diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumor a little over a year ago. At the time, doctors gave him just a few more years to live, even with treatment involving chemotherapy and radiotherapy. An inspiration to many, Ian spent the last few months of his life campaigning against the excessive cell phone usage. He firmly believed that by bringing attention to his plight, he could help avert similar misfortune from befalling others.

Cellphones And Cancer – Could It Be Just Coincidence?

Oddly enough, Ian Phillips worked with a healthcare diagnostic firm, as an operations manager. He spent a great deal of time on the job coordinating with business partners and clients, typically being on the phone for around six hours a day. He believed that his excessive cell phone usage contributed to his condition, a claim that many find to be valid. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report published some years earlier, there is a possibility that radiation from cell phones may be linked with an increased risk of cancer. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also indicated the same, based on epidemiological studies that suggest possible links with gliomas and acoustic neuromas.
A recent study added more weight to the growing concern about potential health risks from cell phone radiation. Conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), the study demonstrated an increased risk of rare brain and heart cancer in mice exposed to cell phone radiation. Unfortunately, there is still no consensus on the issue, with some experts being skeptical about these claims. Their skepticism is not unfounded as research so far has been inadequate and studies like these have been hard to replicate and have a small sample size. Some scientists pointed out that the study also used questionable controls, not to mention that there’s a huge leap from mice to humans.
At the start of the millennium, cell phone users in India numbered less than 10 million. Today, we have more than a billion users, with an increasing number of these upgrading to smartphones. While there’s no denying the benefits of cellular technology, we need to be wary of the health risks. There has been growing concern about these health risks, but some fears are exaggerated, while others are downplayed. Despite the uncertainty, there is a lot of public support for individuals like Phillips, who have campaigned against the excessive or prolonged usage of cell phones. This makes sense either way, as in the context of health, the safety of a product should be verified before it is categorized as safe. The burden of providing evidence of safety should be on manufacturers, not on consumers and researchers who suggest that there are potential health risks.

Caution In The Absence Of Consensus On Cell Phone Risks:

One of the main arguments used by cell phone manufacturers is that they use non-ionizing radiation. This means that the radiofrequency waves and electromagnetic fields generated do not result in changes of chemical bonds that would cause ionization in the human body. While it is true that cell phones are low-powered radiofrequency transmitters, they continue to transmit power the entire time that they are turned on, not just during calls. For this reason, you need to maintain a safe distance from your device to minimize radiation exposure. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends keeping your phone at a minimum distance of 20 centimeters from your body.
The risks of cancer and tumor formation increase depending on the duration of usage, with children being particularly vulnerable. In a conversation with CNN, Dr. Devra Davis, director for environmental oncology at the University of Pittsburgh, stated that the information available at present is inconclusive, but she stressed that there is reason for concern about potential ill effects. She added that in the context of health care, we also do not have enough time to be sure of cell phone safety. It’s worth noting that faculty and staff at the university have been advised to limit their cell phone usage in light of the possible risk of cancer.


Source: thehealthorange.com

The Spotlight Is Back On Cell Phone Risks, As Leading Opponent Succumbs To Brain Tumor


It’s ironical that many of us install a variety of health and fitness apps on our smartphones, but few of us understand how hazardous cell phone usage can be. If you thought that the rash of mishaps brought on by selfie-obsessed youngsters was bad enough, you’ve got something bigger to worry about!
In a tragic turn of events, Ian Phillips succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 44. He was diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumor a little over a year ago. At the time, doctors gave him just a few more years to live, even with treatment involving chemotherapy and radiotherapy. An inspiration to many, Ian spent the last few months of his life campaigning against the excessive cell phone usage. He firmly believed that by bringing attention to his plight, he could help avert similar misfortune from befalling others.

Cellphones And Cancer – Could It Be Just Coincidence?

Oddly enough, Ian Phillips worked with a healthcare diagnostic firm, as an operations manager. He spent a great deal of time on the job coordinating with business partners and clients, typically being on the phone for around six hours a day. He believed that his excessive cell phone usage contributed to his condition, a claim that many find to be valid. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report published some years earlier, there is a possibility that radiation from cell phones may be linked with an increased risk of cancer. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also indicated the same, based on epidemiological studies that suggest possible links with gliomas and acoustic neuromas.
A recent study added more weight to the growing concern about potential health risks from cell phone radiation. Conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), the study demonstrated an increased risk of rare brain and heart cancer in mice exposed to cell phone radiation. Unfortunately, there is still no consensus on the issue, with some experts being skeptical about these claims. Their skepticism is not unfounded as research so far has been inadequate and studies like these have been hard to replicate and have a small sample size. Some scientists pointed out that the study also used questionable controls, not to mention that there’s a huge leap from mice to humans.
At the start of the millennium, cell phone users in India numbered less than 10 million. Today, we have more than a billion users, with an increasing number of these upgrading to smartphones. While there’s no denying the benefits of cellular technology, we need to be wary of the health risks. There has been growing concern about these health risks, but some fears are exaggerated, while others are downplayed. Despite the uncertainty, there is a lot of public support for individuals like Phillips, who have campaigned against the excessive or prolonged usage of cell phones. This makes sense either way, as in the context of health, the safety of a product should be verified before it is categorized as safe. The burden of providing evidence of safety should be on manufacturers, not on consumers and researchers who suggest that there are potential health risks.

Caution In The Absence Of Consensus On Cell Phone Risks:

One of the main arguments used by cell phone manufacturers is that they use non-ionizing radiation. This means that the radiofrequency waves and electromagnetic fields generated do not result in changes of chemical bonds that would cause ionization in the human body. While it is true that cell phones are low-powered radiofrequency transmitters, they continue to transmit power the entire time that they are turned on, not just during calls. For this reason, you need to maintain a safe distance from your device to minimize radiation exposure. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends keeping your phone at a minimum distance of 20 centimeters from your body.
The risks of cancer and tumor formation increase depending on the duration of usage, with children being particularly vulnerable. In a conversation with CNN, Dr. Devra Davis, director for environmental oncology at the University of Pittsburgh, stated that the information available at present is inconclusive, but she stressed that there is reason for concern about potential ill effects. She added that in the context of health care, we also do not have enough time to be sure of cell phone safety. It’s worth noting that faculty and staff at the university have been advised to limit their cell phone usage in light of the possible risk of cancer.


Source: thehealthorange.com

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