SAN ANTONIO, Texas. Our cell phones pose a range of risks. Texting and driving leaves thousands of people dead each year, and puts hundreds of thousands more in the hospital. Yet, our cell phones may be hiding a more dangerous and deadly risk. Some researchers believe that cell phones might even cause cancer. What’s the risk? And should you be using your phone less?
According to Vox, we don’t fully know the risk that cell phone radiation has on cancer risk and fertility. We also don’t fully understand the risk that cell phone radiation poses to children. Cell phone radiation can also increase over time. As the nation switches to 5G networks, cell phones might emit more radiation than ever before.
So, what should you do to protect yourself and your family? First of all, reduce your children’s exposure to cell phones by limiting their use. According to WebMD, there has been some research into the links between cell phone radiation and cancer in children and the results indicate that children may be more at risk than adults. Fetuses can also be at risk. Children’s brain tissue is more susceptible to absorbing microwave radiation. If you’re pregnant, keep your cell phone away from your abdomen and don’t let small children use the phone. Boys shouldn’t keep phones in pants pockets and teens should not be permitted to sleep with the phone.
The good news is that despite the presence of cell phones in most areas of our lives, brain tumor rates have not been increasing. Cell phones are classed along with laptops and microwaves as devices that emit non-ionizing radiation. This is compared to x-rays, which emit ionizing radiation and do pose a cancer risk.
Still, scientists would like to study the effect of cell phone radiation on human health. The problem is that people’s cell phone exposure and use is so varied, it’s virtually impossible to perform a truly robust experiment or get clear results on the risk of cell phone use. Finally, some studies are funded by cell phone companies themselves—can anyone say conflict of interest?
At the end of the day, we need to look at the facts. In general, children should be playing outside, reading, or interacting with other children and adults, not buried in a television screen. Whether or not cell phones increase children’s cancer risk, it’s a good idea to keep screens away from them. For adults, the same holds true. Putting your phone down while driving not only decreases your risk of car accidents, it also might just protect your health should any studies in the future find any true link between cell phone use and cancer. In general, we use cell phones too much and we might all be the better if we put our phones down. Sleeping with our cell phones is also not the best idea, whether or not they pose a cancer risk. Sleeping by a screen can interfere with your sleep patterns, making you more fatigued during the day and putting you at a greater risk of car accidents.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident due to another driver’s choice to text and drive or to drive while distracted, consider reaching out to the Begum Law Group, personal injury lawyers in San Antonio, Texas. Our firm can review your case and may be able to help you seek damages for your injuries and losses. You may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim. Contact Begum Law Group today to learn more and protect your rights.
 

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