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The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the radiofrequency fields generated by cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." With billions of people around the world using cell phones on a regular basis, any link between cell phones and cancer would represent a major public health risk. What does the science say? Has enough research been done? And can existing studies be trusted?

Yes, cell phones increase the risk of cancer. Show more Show less

There is enough evidence to conclude cell phones are linked to cancer.
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Cell phones emit radiation, which increases the possibility of people developing tumors in the brain.

People nowadays use cell phones every day for communication, entertainment, study, and work, etc. But electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones can be absorbed by the human body. By a great amount of exposure to this radiation, it could potentially cause the development of tumors. Cell phones emitting radiation might become a health concern.
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The Argument

Cell phones emit radiofrequency radiation, which has been shown to have distinct biological effects. Heating occurs when the radiation from cell phones is absorbed by the body, and at least one study has shown a higher incidence of tumors in rats exposed to high levels of cell phone radiation. Given that the human body also absorbs this radiation, it makes sense to conclude that cell phones can cause cancer in humans as well. When turned on, cell phones and other wireless devices emit RF radiation continually, even if they are not being actively used, because they are always communicating with cell towers. The dose of intensity tails off with increasing distance from the body, and reaches a maximum when the devices are used next to the head during phone calls or in front of the body during texting or tweeting. A few epidemiology studies have reported higher rates of tumors inside the skull among people who use cell phones heavily for 10 years or more. Of particular concern are benign Schwann cell tumors called acoustic neuromas, which affect nerve cells connecting the inner ear with structures inside the brain. These growths can in some instances progress to malignant cancer with time.

Counter arguments

The amount of radiation that cell phones emit does little harm to the human body. Cell phones also emit radiation because it is essential to their function. That’s how they communicate: transmitting and receiving radio waves. These radio waves are far less energetic than the light waves from a flashlight or the thermal radiation from a stove. All working phones have radiation, and a cell phone that emits no radiation is a cell phone that is not communicating. All this should tell the fact that “radiation” is a very broad term. It includes ionizing radiation that can destroy or alter DNA in your cells. But it also includes visible light, thermal radiation, and radio waves. Cell phones, stoves or flashlights do not emit ionizing radiation. Nor do cell phones emit non-ionizing radiation in sufficient quantities to thermally damage tissue, like a strong light, a hot stove, or for that matter, a microwave oven could.[1]

Premises

[P1] Cell phones emit radiation. [P2] The human body absorbs radiation. [P3] The radiation emitted by cell phones could cause cancer in humans.

Rejecting the premises


References

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2018/06/08/will-there-ever-be-cell-phones-that-dont-emit-radiation/#4fcc61ee6ae7

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