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Cell phone radiation not the cause of brain cancer

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : ARPITA HALDER
Published Apr 24, 2019, 2:37 pm IST
Updated Apr 24, 2019, 2:37 pm IST
Scientists suggest that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones might not be the cause of brain cancer.
Non-ionising radiation would include radiation from household devices, which includes mobile phones. (Representational/Pexels)
 Non-ionising radiation would include radiation from household devices, which includes mobile phones. (Representational/Pexels)

From the payment of bills to keeping track of sleep patterns, mobile phones have become an indispensable part of human existence. Although this wonder device makes life easy, people are worried about the impending harm it can cause to the brain in the long run. Harmful brain cancer-causing radiations from phones has been a topic of debate and discussion for some time now.

Scientists have cleared the air and put an end to the discussion, reassuring that there is nothing to support this scientifically. Scientists shared their opinion on BBC’s Health: Health or Scare and stated that electromagnetic radiations from mobile phones are ‘low-power’ and ‘doesn’t damage cells’. They further added that any studies suggesting the opposite might have been exposed to extremely high radiations, which an average human is usually not exposed to.

 

As reported by the DailyMail, the National Cancer Institute claims that mobile handsets emit radiofrequency waves from their antennae in the form of electromagnetic radiation.  The head, which is closest to this device, has the potential to absorb the energy to a certain extent. Numerous reports suggested that harmful radiation has the potential to damage DNA that can cause cancer.

Biophysicist Dr Yolanda Ohene, University of London shared, “At one side of the spectrum there is this ionising radiation, which is very high energy, high-frequency waves.” Non-ionising radiation would include radiation from household devices, which includes mobile phones. 

Professor Malcolm Sperrin, Director of medical physics at Oxford University hospital suggests that it would be difficult to say that these radiations are actually harmful to the average human.

According to various reports, mobile mobiles were thought to be a cause of concern for the first time in the 1990s when it started gaining popularity among the users. A subset of the World Health Organisation, the International Agency in 2011 stated that mobile phones could be the cause of cancer. However, there were insufficient and no concrete data to validate this finding.

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