Cancerous Calls?

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Nowadays, it seems like everything can potentially cause you to develop cancer. Every day people are claiming new things that can cause you cancer, but which are really true? Most recently, Sherryl Crow has blamed her recent cancer on cell phone use and because she's a celebrity everyone has been willing to jump on board. But does she really have a claim? Cell phone use causing cancer is one of the most alarming claims to me. I don't know about all of you, but to me my cell phone is practically another body part. I always have it on me and I use it constantly. Could this everyday item actually cause me to develop cancer somewhere down the line?

Like we talked about in class with the smoking issue, people weren't realizing it caused cancer because the symptoms didn't show up for 20-25years. Is that what is starting to happen with cell phones? If you think about it cell phones are still generally new. They only came about in the last 30some years and even if that is before our time, it is still fairly new.

As it turns out, researchers have logical reasoning for their concerns as to cell phone use and cancer, but no concrete evidence yet. Cell phone technology, the amount of cell phone users, and the amount of cell phone usage has been changing so quickly that it is hard for researchers to determine anything for sure. In the U.S. alone, the number of cell phone users has increased from 110 million people to 303 million people in just the last 10 years! What they do know for sure though is that cell phones give off radio waves and this radiation can be absorbed by the tissue in your head when you hold the phone to your head during conversations.

Radio waves are a form of non-ionizing radiation and there is no solid evidence that it can put you at risk of developing cancer.

The frequency from a cell phone can actually cause your body to "heat" but not any amount of significant degrees. It will not noticeably raise your body temperature.

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According to "A recent study showed that when people used a cell phone for 50 minutes, brain tissues on the same side of the head as the phone's antenna metabolized more glucose than did tissues on the opposite side of the brain". Researchers are currently looking into this to determine if this is any major cause for concern.

Luckily for us, extensive research has shown that damage to DNA is needed for cancer to develop. This theory is widely accepted. Radiofrequency energy has not been found to cause any damage in DNA. However, even though there is no solid evidence just yet, many researchers say that it is still a possibility that cell phones can contribute to cancer.

For now, it is suggested that to reduce your risk shorten calls and use a landline when available. Also, using a hands free device puts distant between your cell phone and your head reducing your exposure to radiofrequency energy.


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I completely agree with you, it does seem like EVERYTHING can potentially cause cancer. I think the majority of the public will just discredit these claims or ignore them since we're warned so frequently about products causing cancer.
Personally, I don't buy it. Maybe it's because I am not a scientists and can't see how radio waves can damage our cells. Maybe it's because I love my cell phone and I don't want to believe that it is harming me. However, the extensive use of cell phones is a relatively recent phenomenon, and since cancers usually take at least 10-20 years to develop, it will be years before research is likely to conclude whether cell phones cause cancer or not. However, It's important that we remember to listen to credible, unbiased sources and stay informed. Why am I saying this? Because it is worth noting that cell phone companies continue to insist that the evidence shows that their cell phones are safe. Cell phone companies tend to focus on the studies they funded themselves and that draw conclusions that will keep their business booming. Much like the actions of the tobacco industry back in the day, hmmmm.

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