Can cellphones cause cancer? 5 steps to minimize the risk

I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has called or emailed my national radio show to ask about a tech myth.

Here’s one I get asked quite a bit. Will charging your phone overnight ruin the battery? Tap or click for my final decision.

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Then there’s the cell phone and cancer debate.

I’ve always been a firm believer that you should never hold your phone to your head for long periods of time. Ladies, don’t put your phone in your bra, and men shouldn’t put their phone in their front pants pocket. More on that later.

I am not a scientist or a doctor. My gut feeling tells me that we will only know the actual effect of the phone’s electronics on our body after many years. That time has come.

It’s been a little over 14 years since the first iPhone was released, ushering in the smartphone era. The latest research on whether there is a direct link between cell phones and cancer is shocking.

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What exactly does the research say?

Over the years there have been many different studies on the potential health effects of cellphone radiation, from the earliest models to the latest 5G cellphones, with mixed results. That’s why new research from UC Berkeley i really noticed. It suggests that there is a link between cellphone use and an increased risk of tumours, particularly on the right side of the brain.

As part of the study, Berkeley researchers examined statistics from nearly 50 other studies conducted around the world, including in the US, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK

They found that if a person uses a cell phone for more than 1,000 hours over a 10-year period, the risk of developing a tumor increases by 60%. Sounds like a lot, but that’s an average of just 17 minutes a day. Their results also showed cell phone use for 10 or more years doubled the risk of brain tumors.

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Here’s my opinion

Although there was no direct response to Berkeley’s research, the FDA has long maintained that there is no consistent scientific evidence of health problems caused by exposure to the radio frequency energy emitted by cell phones.

Nine years ago a friend of mine – a true brain surgeon – gave me some advice when I asked him what he thought about it. Never hold your head. He said his colleagues saw an increase in brain tumors on the right side of the head.

I have been passing on this advice for many years. Here are the steps I take to minimize the risk of cell phone radiation. These are good practices that you can also pass on to children, who often get their hands on cell phones from a young age.

Concerned about a child in your life and their relationship to technology? Tap or click here to view my Kids Tech Contract. It contains smart rules that you and your family can agree on.

1. Do not use your mobile phone on buses, trains or planes when your connection is weak

Get this: Your phone will emit more radiation, not less, if you don’t have a strong signal. Look at your phone’s bars. If this signal is not very strong, your phone is working hard to connect to the network.

Keep it off your head and body especially during these times. Stick to texts or use headphones or a headset.

2. Handsfree by default

I get it. You don’t want to have every conversation, especially in public, over loudspeakers. However, there is a simple solution. I do this at home or in my car. When I’m on the road or in the office, I turn to Bluetooth.

3. Use headphones or a headset

I have mine for most calls AirPods in. The sound is crystal clear, usually better than without headphones. Wireless earbuds connect to your phone via Bluetooth, which research suggests may pose less of a risk than cell phone emissions. Wired headphones work too, although they’re not nearly as comfortable.

In the office or while sitting at the desk, a nice headphone or set of Over-the-Ear Headphones is a great option.

4. Keep your phone away from your body

As I mentioned above, bras and bags are taboo. I don’t like carrying a handbag, but I even less like having my phone in my pocket. Small shoulder bags for a phone can come in handy on vacation or for quick errands. I like thisand it has great reviews.

If you must carry your phone in your pants, consider a signal blocking pocket. Yes, this will completely block your phone’s signal so you won’t receive calls or messages when it’s indoors. More importantly, it protects your body.

5. Don’t sleep with your phone under your pillow or near your head

This one is a no-brainer for several reasons. When you’re not sleeping with your phone on Do Not Disturb, you don’t need buzzes, ringer, and lights to interrupt your rest.

It can also be a fire hazard. Some people sleep with their phone under a blanket or even under their pillow. Phones are not designed to be covered like this for long periods of time and require airflow for proper ventilation. Even cheap charging cables can cause fires. Do not take any risks.

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