Is Your Smartphone Increasing Your Cancer Risk?
Radiations emitted by your smartphone may cause terrible health effects if you fail to limit your exposure. Read further to get more information about this startling conclusion drawn by the NTP.
The findings of a massive 30-million-dollar study conducted by NTP (National Toxicology Program,) that aimed at unearthing a link between prolonged cell phone usage and the risk of tumor formation, were made public recently. These outcomes were enough to create panic among users across the country, and for a good reason too. As part of the study, test rodents were exposed to varying levels of RFR or Radio Frequency Radiations for 9 hours every day for 2 years. As a result of such extended exposure, the following three trends came to light:
- Test rodents were quicker to develop malignant schwannomas, as compared to the control group.
- Brain tumors, like malignant gliomas, were also prevalent in the test group.
- The adrenal glands of rodents in the test groups were also more vulnerable to the development of malignancies than those in the control group.
While scientists are yet to prove the veracity of these findings in the context of human beings, it does not hurt to practice a few precautionary measures that may help regulate your RFR exposure. Here are some of them:
- Switch On The Speakerphone Whenever Possible. Talking on speakerphone is a better option as compared to pressing your phone against your ear. Doing so helps maintain a reasonable distance between your body and your phone and hence reduces your level of RFR exposure.
- Avoid Using Your Phone When You See Fewer Signal Bars. Cell phones are wired in such a way that when the signals are weak, they consume more power to emit a greater amount of RFR to find the nearest network antenna. At such times ensure minimum cell phone usage.
- Put Your Phone Away Before Going To Bed. Even when your phone is not being used to talk to someone or to browse the internet, it continues to emit radiations. It is, therefore, a good idea to place it at a distance from your bed instead of leaving it under your pillow or anywhere on your bed.
- Take Off Your Blue Tooth Headset When Not In Use. Headsets that connect wirelessly to your cell phone also emit small amounts of RFR even when they are not in use. If you are not on a call, remove your headset.
- Try To Keep Your Cell Phone At A Distance From Your Body. Slipping your cell phone in your pocket is not such a good idea as it allows the device to be in contact with your body, therefore, increasing your exposure to radiation. Consider keeping your phone in a bag when you are on the move or power it off if you must keep it in your pocket.
The revelations made by NTP serve as an early warning especially for all those who are always glued to their cell phone screens and feel like fish-out-of-water when their phones are not available. Reducing your screen time, and that of your children, can not only help reduce the risk of cancer but also give you the time and the energy to give attention to many other healthier and more creative pursuits.
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