Is prolonged use of mobile phone harmful to health?

There’s a continuing debate regarding the effects of prolonged use of mobile phone. Whether it’s proven to be dangerous or not, it’s still pays to be cautious than sorry later on.

A team of scientists who studied about the effects of mobile phones to users found enough evidence to classify this gadget as potentially carcinogenic to humans.  This means that the evidence shows a rise in the glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer among mobile phone users; although, the same evidence did not draw any conclusion yet for other types of cancer.

Likewise, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared earlier that radiation from cell phones can potentially cause cancer – the reason the agency classifies use of mobile phone under the  “carcinogenic hazard” category along with lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform.

But then a report from the Health Protection Agency, which has been formed to study on the safety of mobile phones, transmitter masts, and wi-fi, stated that there is no strong evidence to support such claim. Although, members of the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) did not categorically confirm that prolonged use of mobile phone is safe to human health since they find only minimal supporting evidence beyond fifteen years of exposure.

CP - lady using mobile phone

Nevertheless, whether or not prolonged use of mobile phone were proven safe, and even if the radio frequency energy from such gadgets poses no confirmed health threats, there is one thing for sure:

use of mobile phone poses potential threats to human lives, through any or all of these factors:

  • Irresponsible use of mobile phones and/or other wireless gadgets poses risk of serious injury, especially when you use it while driving, walking, cycling, or performing any other  task that requires concentration.
  • Mobile phones may impede the proper operation of medical equipment like defibrillators, cardiac pacemakers, and hearing aids.
  • It may even interfere with sensitive electronic devices, like navigation and aircraft communication systems.

Experts even suggest that in order for us to reduce our exposure to radio frequency energy, we need to take certain preventive measures.  After all, it is better to be alert now than to be sorry later on when we have to deal with its negative consequences.  

Some of their suggestions tell us to minimize the use of mobile phone in areas where signal is weak, such as inside elevators, homes, or cars; encourage us to use the landline telephone wherever possible, and; advise us to make use of hands-free device or speaker phone to keep it farther from our ears and brain.

Personally, I don’t go for prolonged use of mobile phone because I hate it when the device heats up on my ears. If you have ambivalent feelings about the issue, I think it is safe to be prudent.

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