Is electromagnetic radiation a cause of cancer? Take a step towards a healthy life
Authored By: Manas Ganguly, Founder, Brightsandz Clean Tech
In the modern technology age, wireless technology has become an indispensable part of everyday lives. Wi-Fi routers, cell phones and other wireless devices have become a common device in the workplace, home and public places. These wireless terminals have led to a significant rise in the installation of cellular base stations in residential colonies.
Although, the wireless technology has made human life extremely convenient and easy but the fact cannot be ignored that they also lead to the invisible toxic pollution – Electromagnetic Field radiation on human health and environment. The wireless devices emit non- ionizing radiation in the form of radio frequency waves that are highly impactful on the tissues of human body.
In addition to damaging tissues of the body, excessive emission and exposure to EMF due to increase in the number of cell phones, calls and their duration has also lead to serious mental concerns. Local residents living in proximity to cell phone towers and base stations have also shared several shreds of evidence of serious health concerns including a migraine, anxiety, depression and brain tumour, etc.
Even from the continuous low-level EMF exposure, the human body is absorbent of up to five times more of the radiation from cell phone towers and other wireless terminals. This exposure does not cause any serious damage to DNA but leaves an adverse impact on tissues, thereby developing the cancerous condition in the brain. As per the facts revealed by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of World Health Organization, electromagnetic radiation from cellular base stations and excessive use of cell phones are ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’. The EMF from wireless devices and network can easily lead to increased risk of cancerous brain tumour.
There are existing research papers and studies that state the microwave radiation is hazardous for pregnant women, their foetus and children of growing age. The body of growing age children is more absorbent to EMF and tissue damage due to their smaller size of skull and body, comparative to the adults. Several doctors have also identified various indirect links between Electromagnetic field and childhood Leukaemia. Simultaneously, several international researchers are conducting various studies to classify EMF from wireless terminals as carcinogenic.
In this fast-moving age, this is not to be considered as a call to sacrifice on all comforts that wireless technology is providing. One can take adequate measures to reduce the subsequent impact of EMF on human mind and body. It can start off by balancing the pros and cons of wireless technology and limiting the usage of these devices as per the necessity.
Switching off the Wi-Fi routers and other EMF radiating devices in your vicinity is a way to reduce the adverse effect of harmful radiation waves. Even the habit of using handsfree while talking on the mobile phone can inflate the effect of radiation by 50% depending on the amount of time one uses a mobile phone every day.
Similarly, it is also recommended to keep the domestic appliances such as AC stabilizers and inverters out or away from the bedroom area to cut down the radiation impact. This will also help in keeping the mind healthy by improving the sleep cycle. These small steps can help an individual in leading a healthy lifestyle.