Should I stop using my mobile phone?
Everyone has heard of the story that extended use of mobile phones can cause or help induce brain tumors. For this reason, there have been many articles calling upon different studies that have been recommending the proper usage of a mobile phone. This usually meant that the mobile phone user would use headphones or put the phone on speaker mode so that the actual device is not close to the ear, i.e. brain.
The physics behind it
However, recent studies undertaken by experts from the area of neurology, which has examined data from the last 30 years, about the time mobile phones came into widespread use, has shown that there is no reason to be afraid.
No reason to fear
The study has shown that there was no increase in people with brain tumors in the last 30 years, regardless of the fact that mobile phones are now drastically more available and widespread than in the 1990’s. For example, only 9% of people in Australia, where the study was undertaken, had mobile phones in 1993, and now, more than 90% of the population own one or more mobile phones.
Still, the number of total brain tumor patients has increased only slightly in men, and has remained the same for women. An increase has only been noted with elderly people, but this has been attributed to other causes because this increase has been observed before the mobile phones came into use.
The physics behind it
Mobile phones work based on emitting radio waves, like small radio stations. They emit non-ionizing radiation which is thought not to have the capacity to damage DNA. Studies like this show that this is indeed true and that mobile phones cannot cause brain tumors because the energy contained in the radio waves mobile phones emit does not have the energy needed to damage DNA structure, unlike, for example, X-ray, or, even worse gamma ray radiation. The only effect of radio frequency radiation on a living organism is heating. But, this is not merely enough to cause a rise in body temperature.
Other than that, people today are surrounded by more than mobile phones as electromagnetic radiation sources. Nowadays, we have wi-fi, baby monitors, game consoles and much more. This means we swim in the sea of artificial electromagnetic radiation. The level of it is now 1018 times higher than a natural occurrence. Even with all these sources of electromagnetic radiation, the energy involved is still too small to cause any kind of DNA damage.
Use your phone freely
In conclusion, many studies across the world have been dedicated to this phenomenon, and there has been no evidence of any connection between cell phone usage and brain tumors. Even with people who have been using a cell phone for 20 years. There is no fear of a carcinogenic effect and you may continue to use your phone freely, based on the knowledge we have gathered so far, but more studies are on the way to procure detailed information and show any possible links.
Which has examined data from the last 30 years, about the time mobile phones came into widespread use, has shown that there is no reason to be afraid.