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Video: Should You Be Afraid Of Cell Phone Cancer If You Are Not A Male Rat?
Should you be afraid of cell phone cancer if you are not a male rat?
Let's see what the new scientific work actually demonstrates.
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With the completion of a major study on the link between cell phones and cancer risk, headlines have exploded with reports on the topic. Given that the research that provoked the information flurry was not carried out on humans and used a specific type of radiation, we propose to figure out what this scientific work really shows and what to expect from our phones.
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has released final reports on studies of the effects of radio frequency radiation (RFI) used in 2G and 3G mobile phones on rats and mice.
Scientists exposed their experimental subjects to radiation for two years, nine hours daily. More than a decade of research has shown that high exposure to radio frequency radiation is associated with the development of tumors. Were provided:
Strong evidence linking RFI and tumors (malignant schwannomas) in the hearts of male rats;
- Some evidence of an association with tumors (malignant gliomas) in the brains of male rats;
- Some evidence of benign and malignant tumors in the adrenal glands of male rats;
- Ambiguous (unclear) evidence of the relationship observed in the study of tumors in female rats and mice of both sexes.
“The impacts used in research cannot be directly compared to the impact people experience when using a mobile phone. In our studies, rats and mice received radiofrequency radiation throughout their bodies. In contrast, humans are mostly exposed to certain tissues near where they hold the phone. In addition, exposure levels and duration were higher in our studies than in humans,”explained John Bucher, Ph.D., senior research fellow at NTP.
Medical columnist for Forbes says there is no point in panicking unless you are a male rat. In addition to the above caveats, it should be noted that the study used radiation that was used only for early models of mobile phones, which are now practically not used. It is also noteworthy that there is no convincing evidence that RFID causes cancer in female rats and mice.
However, people should take these precautions to reduce exposure to RF energy:
Keep your mobile phone as far away from your body and head as possible;
- Do not place your phone next to you while sleeping;
- Use a speakerphone or a headset whenever possible;
- Try to avoid using your mobile phone when the signal is weak. In this case, due to constant attempts to connect, RFID is amplified;
- Don't use your mobile phone to download large files or stream videos. This also leads to increased RFID;
- Please read the markings and information on the phone models carefully before purchasing. Different devices may have different RFID levels;
- Do not wear a headset when not on a call;
- Put the phone in airplane mode or turn it off altogether, if possible;
- Be skeptical of shields and other devices that are positioned to reduce RFID;
- Try to use your phone as little as possible. Shorten the duration of conversations, communicate more often face to face.
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