Why is there concern that cell phones may cause cancer or other health problems?
- Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held.
- The amount of radiofrequency energy a cell phone user is exposed to depends on the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone’s antenna and the user, the extent and type of use, and the user’s distance from cell phone towers
- The electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
Studies are ongoing to more fully assess potential long-term effects of mobile phone use.
Radiofrequency energy is a form of electromagnetic field radiation. Electromagnetic radiation electron can be categorized into two types: ionizing ( x-rays, radon, and cosmic rays) and non-ionizing (radiofrequency and extremely low-frequency or power frequency). Exposure to ionizing radiation, such as from radiation therapy, is known to increase the risk of cancer.
Telephones can emit surprisingly strong EMFs, especially from the handset. This is a problem because we hold the telephone so close to our head. Place the Gauss meter right against the ear piece and the mouth piece before buying a phone. Some brands emit no measurable fields and others emit strong fields that travel several inches… right into your brain. Answering machines, particular those with adapter plugs, give off high levels of EMFs.