Are Cell Phones Safe From Radiation?

 Yes, cell phones do emit radio waves through their antennas and tissues that come in contact with the antenna may absorb this radiation. With the number of cell phone users rising by the billions all around the globe, naturally these communication devices have been dissected time and time again. The radiation they emit is just but one of the aspects that have continuously headlined news pieces for their perceived correlation to health risks. So should you really toss your cell phone or are the claims that the radiation they emit cause illnesses unfounded?

Cell Phone Radiation

It is firstly important to understand what type of radiation emitted by cell phones and if indeed the radiation can make you fall ill.

Cell phones use RF (radio frequency radiation), which is very different from other radiation types such as x-rays. There hasn’t been concrete evidence that directly link RF to cancer or other health problems for that matter. This is years and years later after cellphones have been used extensively and the evolution of these devices continues.

However, the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) classified RF as a possible cancer-causing agent (carcinogen).

What should you do with Your Cell Phone?

If consumer behavior is anything to go by, you will most likely keep on using your cell phone just like the millions if not billions of global consumers.

It is not doubtable that when cars were invented there was mass concern about their safety, and the same goes with just about any other item invented to make life a little easier. Cell phones are still a relatively new technology that has already revolutionized the world’s communication and connectivity. This is not to say that years from now their possible links to health problems won’t be discovered, but as scientists keep on with this research you can bet that cell phone users will keep using their mobile devices.

Cell phones now pay more attention to how the devices emit radiation and they now have their antennas inside the device and near the bottom. Initial cell phone models had their antennas on the outer casing of the devices and at the top, next to the brain. This is why claims arose that cell phones cause brain cancer.

However, this is not to say that you shouldn’t employ preventative measures to safeguard yourself from the possible risks associated with cell phone use.

How to Reduce Possible Radiation Risks Associated with Cell Phones 

Prevention is better than cure and it is best to safeguard yourself from the possible risks associated with cell phone use.

To begin with, use a hands-free device as opposed to holding the phone against your ear/face. Also use your speakerphone as often as possible. It is also advisable to text more as opposed to making calls if possible.

Don’t keep your phone in your shirt pocket or pants to minimize contact with your body. It is best to keep your phone in your bag or carry it in a belt clip.

RF was in the past linked to pacemaker interference. If you have on a pacemaker it is important to consult with your health care provider about cell phone use.

Last but not least, don’t worry too much. If cell phones were ‘evil’ they wouldn’t be flying off the shelves they way they do.