Cell Phones & Your Brain
Doctors have debated for years about the effect of cell phones on your brain. Recent research suggests that cell phone use may increase the risks of brain cancer.
Cell phones work by sending out waves similar to those from the television or microwave. The risks of talking on cell phones are similar to sitting right in front of the TV or watching your food as it cooks in the microwave.
Because cancer and other brain problems can take 10 to 20 years to develop, it isn't easy for researchers to find evidence that cell phones cause them. But, as many doctors are saying now, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Here are some things that you can do to keep the cell phone waves away from you brain:
- Use a headset
- Talk on speaker phone
- Text message
- Use a land line
- Turn off your cell phone when it's not in use
- Make shorter and fewer phone calls
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Written By: Christina Hartje-Dunn,
college student writer
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: October 2013
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Cell Phones Raise Children's Risk of Brain Cancer, Green Diva Mom.
Can Cell Phones Harm Our Health?, National Research Center for Women & Families.
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