Cellphones and Cancer

By Anupum Pant

WHO classifies cellphones as devices that could possibly cause cancer. But, then it says the same about coffee and pickled vegetables. The whole world has come to believe that cellphone radiations do cause cancer – a gross interpretation of WHO’s statement. It says that it is a “possible carcinogen”. WHO, or no one else for that matter knows for sure that there is a clear link between cellphones and cancer. In fact, the evidence also tilts on the side that says there’s no clear link.

Clearly, the number of people using cellphones exploded in the last couple of years. However, the number of people reporting brain tumour – which they say is caused by cellphone radiation – has shown no spikes in recent years. If that isn’t convincing enough…

The radiation from a cellphone is more or less the same as the radiation that comes from several other devices like your wi-fi router or bluetooth. It is a non-ionising radiation. That means it is nothing similar to X-rays or cosmic rays – non-ionising radiation doesn’t damage your DNA. Or, no clear link has been established yet that says so.

Healthcare triage makes some really convincing points about the same. So the good news is, you don’t have to throw away your cellphone.

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