MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. While the greatest immediate injury risk your cell phone poses involves distracted driving, the possibility that cell phones can pose a cancer risk has re-entered the news. According to Scientific American, cell phones emit a non-ionizing radio frequency radiation that can heat up tissues by exciting the tissue’s molecules.
In rat studies, exposure to this kind of radiation has been known to increase the rats’ risk for a rare tumor known as a schwannoma. The cancer affects neural cells which can be located in the brain and heart. The scientists exposed the rats both to close-range signals (like those experienced when we are talking on the phone) and long-range signals (like those that surround us all the time because of the increased popularity of cell phone use). Researchers found that male rats were more likely to develop the cancer in their heart. It didn’t matter whether their exposure was long-range or short-range.
So, does this mean we should all move to the countryside where we won’t be exposed to cell phone radiation? Not likely. There have only been a handful of these rare cancer cases reported in humans, so there is no indication cell phones are causing these cancer rates to increase. Furthermore, the cancer developed in male rats, but not in mice, so the cancer risk may be species-specific.
It isn’t clear, however, whether cell phone radiation could increase the risk for other cancers. Some studies have shown increased cancer rates in individuals who used cell phones heavily for more than 10 years. Yet, these studies are also contradicted by other findings that show no link.
So, what should the general public take away from this research? According to the National Cancer Institute and the World Health Organization, cell phone use is officially listed as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” This means the jury’s still out. Initial studies have shown enough of a possible link that ongoing studies are being funded, but as it stands, the links have not been strong enough to lead scientists to suggest that there may be a strong correlation between cell phone use and cancer. This means that the links scientists observed could have been the result of chance alone.
Will we be seeing big class action lawsuits against cell phone companies in the near future? It isn’t likely because initial research doesn’t show a strong link between cell phone use and cancer. Yet, your cell phone poses a far greater and more immediate risk. Every year, over 3000 people die due to distracted driving and more than 100,000 people are seriously injured because people don’t put their phones down when they drive. If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver suspected to be distracted behind the wheel, consider reaching out to the Law Office of Martin T. Montilino, a personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While it is wise to keep a watch on current scientific developments, we also need to look at the facts that we already have. Cell phones are indeed deadly when they are used by drivers. Visit us at https://www.martinmontilino.com/ to learn more about how you can protect yourself if you’ve been hurt by a distracted driver. Our firm may be able to help you seek compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.
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