Because cell phones usually are held near the head when being used, a concern has been whether they might cause or contribute to tumors or cancer.
Do Cell Phones Cause Tumors?
Some studies have found a possible link to cancer and tumors, however it will take decades for studies to find an actual direct link. A few studies have looked at possible links to other types of cancer, such as:
- Malignant (cancerous) brain tumors such as gliomas
- Skin cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Non-cancerous tumors of the brain such as meningiomas
- Non-cancerous tumors of the nerve connecting the brain to the ear (vestibular schwannomas, also known as acoustic neuromas)
- Non-cancerous tumors of the salivary glands
In most cases neither type of study provides enough evidence on its own to show if something causes cancer in people, so researchers continue to look at both lab-based and human studies.
What do Lab Studies Suggest?
Some scientists have reported that the RF waves from cell phones produce effects in human cells that might possibly help tumors grow. This study was done in lab dishes. Several studies in rats and mice have looked at whether RF energy might promote the development of tumors caused by other known carcinogens, and so far, these studies did not find evidence of tumor promotion.
In studies that have found a possible link show an increased risk of tumors or cancer. For example, several studies published by the same research group in Sweden have reported an increased risk of tumors on the side of the head where the cell phone was held, particularly with 10 or more years of use. Thus, it is hard to determine what to make of these findings because most studies by other researchers have not had the same results, however time is needed to verify if these results are actually positive.
Based on the available evidence, some expert agencies have evaluated the cancer-causing potential of cell phones and RF waves. In general, they agree that the evidence of a possible link is limited, and more research is needed to look at possible long-term effects.
Avoid the Risk of Possible Tumor Causing Cell Phone Radiation
Consider Selecting Cell Phone Radiation Protection
The cell phone health warning debate is almost over. And the message is clear, do not hold your cell phone next to your body. Even cell phone manufacturers no longer hide this fact with warnings published in user manual or OS. (Settings, General, About, Legal, RF Exposure).
Radiation Blocking Cell Phone Cases are an excellent way to reduce the risks. But let the buyer beware. Not all suppliers seem to know what they are doing when it comes to providing radiation protection.
The Best: Flip cover cases if using the proper shielding material are the best engineered design to protect the head and body from cell phone radiation. We found Cruz Cases (www.CruzCases.com) offers one of the best solutions with a quality constructed case with very effective radiation with RFID blocking.
The Worst: Back mounted phone cases cannot block the radiation transmitted out of the front of the phone. We found one example Pong Cases only blocking radiation towards the back of the case. blocks radiation for the hand but no protection for the brain or body. We give Pong Cases a Thumbs down.
In Summary flip cover cases block radiation directed toward the head. Stay away from the back mounted cases, stickers placed over the phone speaker. These options provide little to no protection.