About a year ago, a friend of mine on Facebook posted a picture of his face, which had skin cancer. The same place that he puts his cell/mobile phone, all the time.
Luckily, with the proper treatment, he is cancer free and will hopefully stay that way.
When I found out, I was shocked – because he’s someone I know. Yet, I also wasn’t that surprised because I have surgeon friends of mine who have been telling me that they are doing a lot more “tumor removal” surgeries, where people typically have their cell phones.
- On their face…
- Their ears, phone + Bluetooth headsets…
- On their thighs and butt, where people put their phones in the pant pockets…
- And also breast, because many women who exercise may put their phones in their sports bras when working out.
Obviously, not everyone will get cancer because of cell phones. And I’m sure there will be lots of people and studies who will say that cell phones don’t and can’t cause cancer… and that I’m crazy for even bringing this up.
Just like many decades ago, “scientific studies” and “doctors” said cigarettes were safe and actually HEALTHY for you. Pregnant women were actually told to smoke, by their doctors, to help them “relax – it’s good for the baby”.
Anyway, you can do your own research.
However, in 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed cell phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” (cancer-causing) category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform.1-3
Researchers found a dose-response association between cell phone use and brain cancer. They established that after 896 hours, the risk of brain cancer tripled. That is the equivalent of 5 years at 30 minutes a day.1-3
In all honesty, even though I’m not on my phone as much as most people. Sadly, I can guarantee that I’ve done more than 30 minutes daily during the past 5 years!!! I think most of us have.
What’s ironic or sad is that I’m spending all of this time and money on staying healthy, eating well, exercising, managing my stress, taking lots of supplements and yet – the stupid cell phone might be the “cause” of some major health issue in my life in the future — that’s a scary thought.
What’s worse is that this Interphone study completely ignored the fact that there is a growing evidence of literature showing that pulsed microwave-like radiation from modern cell phones, disrupts living cells and causes our DNA to become unstable — which can turn ON and accelerate cancer genes and other chronic diseases.
Additionally, this study was done with people who had been on cell phones for about 10 years. Yet, scientists understand that brain tumors often take three or four decades to develop and thus, this is even worse news.
Studies by physician-researcher Dr. Lennart Hardell of Sweden — regarded as an “expert” about the topic — stated that those who have used cell phones heavily for a decade have a doubled risk of brain tumors… And teenagers who begin heavy cell phone use, have between four to five times more brain tumors by their late twenties.
Anyway, you get the point.
It’s not definitive if cell phones will cause cancer. However, I think it’s something for all of us to be concerned about, especially for our kids and the fact that we are using them, more and more each day.
Of course, I’m not here to say “don’t use your cell phone”, that’s just a crazy request.
However, I am saying that we should all try to use them less or simply don’t have them “attached” to us all day long when we’re not using them.
For example, don’t have your cell phone lying near you while you’re sleeping at night. It’s bad for your body, it disrupts sleep and it’s not needed. At the very least, put it on airplane mode.
- Coureau G et al., Mobile phone use and brain tumours in the CERENAT case-control study; Occup Environ Med. 2014 Jul;71(7):514-22. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2013-101754