The use of mobile phones is very eminent across the whole globe. As of 2010, there were more than 303 million subscribers to cell phone service in the United States, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. In fact, some individuals have more than one phone. Mobile phones are very useful measure of communication because of its user-friendly program and handy style. However, the utilization of mobile phone is bombarded with a lot of health issues such as the development of brain cancer as a result of radiation, which alarmed other consumers to take necessary precaution.
According to the American Cancer Society, Based on the large and still growing number of cell phone users (both adults and children), and the fact that cell phones give off radio-frequency (RF) waves, some concerns have been raised about the safety of cell phone use. With respect to cancer, concern focuses on whether cell phones might increase the risk of brain tumors or other tumors in the head and neck area.
Based on the findings of the new study, there is no link that tied up the long term use of mobile phones with heightened risks of developing brain cancer. The new study was published in British Medical Journal (BMJ) this Friday.
According to National Cancer Institute, There are several main reasons why people are concerned that cell phones might have the potential to cause certain types of cancer or other health problems. One of these reasons include cell phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radiation in which it is absorbed by the tissues near it, usually the tissues of the brain.
Radiofrequency energy which is used in the cellular phones is a form of electromagnetic radiation. This radiation can be further categorized into two: the ionizing and non-ionizing. The ionizing radiation includes those of the x-rays and cosmic rays. The non-ionizing radiation includes that of the radiation emitted by cellular phones and microwaves. Although, many research already established that ionizing radiation can increase the risk of having cancer, still there are lacking links that can associate non-ionizing radiation and the increase risk of cancer.
The study examined the population of about more than 350,000 mobile-phone subscribers who were greater than 18 years old. Then, comprehensive assessment and monitoring on the health of the mobile-phone subscribers were taken into account to determine any abnormality or any alteration which could have been brought about by the use of mobile phones. The findings concluded that there was no link between the development of any malignancies and the use of mobile phones even for long term.
Nevertheless, the findings of the study concluded that the risk of having cancer, especially brain cancer, is the same for both the population of the non-mobile phone subscribers and those who are phone subscribers. A lot of researches are still to be established in order to make a general conclusion about the radiation which is emitted by the mobile phones.