Cell's Causing Cancer?


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I was very surprised by yesterday's class discussion about the correlation between cellphones and breast cancer. I had no idea cellphones posed that kind of risk. This theory came about from how women often use their bra as a pocket for their phone, and how cancer was showing up on patients where they typically store their phone in their strap. When asked, "why men don't get testicular cancer from keeping their phones in their pocket?" Andrew responded by stating that it could be due to the fact that some tissue is more prone to cancer than others. This really sparked my interest, I never realized that parts of our body may be more susceptible to cancer than others. Maybe by knowing the most common places cancer pops up we can figure out the best place to store our cell phones.  Something as simple as a cellphone should not be contributing to something as serious as cancer, there has to be a solution or at least a way to help prevent this from happening.

            Cellphones have become so important in this time of technology, and it is important that we recognize the harmful effects this same technology can posse on us. According to the National Cancer Institute, "Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held"(Cancer). Knowing that our tissues can absorb this harmful radiation it's important we know where to put our devices so that this same radiation has a less likely chance to manipulate any cells into cancerous ones. The Center for Disease Control states that breast cancer and lung cancer are the two most common cancers among women, while prostate and lung cancer are the two most common cancers among men. Although there is no direct correlation between these cancers and cellphone use that we have proven yet, it's important to realize that this is still a possibility. If you already have a higher chance at getting cancer in a certain area, like in your lungs or in your breast, than you should keep your cellphone away from your chest whether the theory is proven or not. The most convenient place to rest your cellphone should not take precedent over the fact that you are potentially putting yourself at a higher risk for a fatal disease.

            Knowing where to put it is important, but also you need to know exactly how you're exposed to this radiation that is emitted from your cellphone. The National Cancer Institute states that, "The amount of radiofrequency energy a cell phone user is exposed to depends on the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone's antenna and the user, the extent and type of use, and the user's distance from cell phone towers"(Cancer). There are a lot of ways you can reduce the amount of this same energy that you are being exposed to by your cellphone. I don't think it's very realistic for people to start walking around with their cellphones on a leash, but it's important to limit the amount of contact you have with your phone even when you're not using it. Whenever you are traveling try putting your phone in a backpack or purse, even though it is still close to you you won't be making any direct contact with it unlike when it's in your bra or in your pocket.  You can also simply turn your phone off when you're not using it, deactivating your phone or putting it on airplane mode stops the emission of this electromagnetic radiation. Nowadays it's nearly impossible to survive without a cellphone, and because of this over exposure we must find out all we can about the harm it can do to our bodies.  

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Resources:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data/men.htm 

http://bigteaparty.com/cell-phone-use-can-increase-possible-cancer-risk/

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Ever since I was little, my parents warned me about the harmful cancerous effects that a simple cellphone could cause. That was back when Nokias were popular, I'm scared to discover what a complex device such as an iPhone could possibly do to our fragile bodies. I often fall asleep with my phone right next to my head, connected to its charger. I had no idea this would increase my chances of getting close to the negative effects. After reading this post, I'll be more careful to keep my phone in my purse as often as I can. In a world where everything and anything can give you cancer, doing such a simple change means a lot. Not only does radiation have an effect on you, but cellphones can be more damaging in certain other ways as well, from emotional changes to stress levels and everything in between. Read about it on this website: http://www.medicaldaily.com/5-reasons-why-cellphones-are-bad-your-health-247624

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