A lot of people are getting concerned about whether mobile phone radiation can cause cancer, especially now that 85 percent of Americans aged 18 and above own cellular phones.
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The National Cancer Institute states that cellular phones release radiofrequency energy, a form of radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues of the body nearest to where the phone is held. However, this radiation is non-ionizing, which many studies say does not cause cancer. The only biological effect of non-ionizing radiation is that it heats up the tissues it affects, but there is not enough radiofrequency energy in a cellular phone to increase body temperature to levels that can be measured.
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Despite limited evidence from multiple studies, expert organizations, like the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the American Cancer Society, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, still conclude that cellular phone radiation is possibly carcinogenic and believe that more research on this topic is needed.
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Although the evidence regarding whether or not cellular phone radiation can cause cancer may be inconclusive, it is better to be safe than sorry. Men’s Health says that in order to reduce the risk of cellular radiation exposure, mobile phones must be held at least 10 millimeters—the width of a pencil—away from the body at all times. Using a hands-free device, like a Bluetooth-capable headset, is even better.
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