A recent study performed and released in Sweden shows that cell phones are linked to a high risk of cancer, The results of the study may suggest that the Apple iPhone may pose an even higher risk of that cancer than is posed by using other types of cell phones.
The reason for this can be found in the use of radio frequencies. The Swedish study found that the long term use of radio frequency (RF) signals close to the ear causes tumors on the nerve that travels from the ear to the brain. The RF signals “heat” up the nerve tissue, causing cancerous tumors to grow. At least, it does according to the study.
The Apple iPhone utilizes three different types of RF signals: cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it a triple threat for a cancer risk. The study doesn’t mention specific brands of cell phones, only that the link of increased risk was found with the types of phones that use RF signals.
The study found that developing teens are especially vulnerable to the RF signals. They are the group with the greatest risk.
What do you think of this news? We have been seeing studies linking cell phones and cancer since the birth of cell phones. Other studies have disproved the risk. The debate will probably continue as long as there are cell phones and the people who use them. I’m not overly concerned, although in the spirit of full disclosure, I don’t own a cell phone, Apple iPhone or otherwise. On the other side of the coin, there are all sorts of things that have been deemed safe for years, only to be outed latter as health risks. Take cigarettes, for example. Or hormone replacement therapy, or saccharine. Well, you get the point.
If cell phones came with warning labels, would you still continue to use them?
Mary Ann Romans writes about everything related to saving money in the Frugal Blog, technology in the Computing Blog, and creating a home in the Home Blog. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.