biggest news, local and national, as of yesterday’s evening news was the World Health Organization’s claims that cellphone usage may cause cancer. ABC World News covered this story, including an interview with a cancer patient. How scared should we be of the latest revelation? As permeated as cellphone usage has become in our society, I couldn’t imagine people quitting this bad habit anytime soon.
Children’s brains are developing and have a softer skull, which makes them more vulnerable to the emitting carcinogenics than an adult. This generation is the first one to start using cellphones at an early age. However, how big of a danger are cellphones?
Cellphone industry spokespeople have said that the level of radiation from a cellphone is the same as a pickle. WHO released this warning not upon new research but upon closer evaluation of previous studies. However, the cancer patient interviewed by ABC News is an example of the real danger cellphone usage poses.
We can all take precautionary steps by using bluetooth devices or handsfree methods to lessen the amount of exposure from radiation.
In the big picture, radiation exists within our environment already. Our bodies are made to sustain small exposures. If you’ve ever had an x-ray done or stood too close to your microwave, you’ve been exposed to radiation.
My piece of advice: All things add up, and moderation is the key to living a long and healthy life.