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Is Your Cell Phone Giving You Cancer?

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Let’s be real: when it comes to cell phones, we’re severely attached to the point that if we misplace our phone for a mere five minutes… a mini anxiety attack ensues. In all honesty, who can blame us? Think about it. We have a device about the size of our hand that can keep us entertained and in contact with loved ones as well as the rest of the world; not to mention, can spew out any and all information with a simple touch, so it’s almost impossible NOT to be obsessive.

Is Your Cell Phone Giving You Cancer?However, how much is too much contact? Can our iPhones, BlackBerrys, Droids, etc. cause something as serious as cancer to develop if they are constantly within arm’s reach? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be yes.

A little while back, 21 year old Tiffany Frantz, a Pennsylvanian resident, was diagnosed with breast cancer and she believes her cellphone is to blame. Listen up ladies, for those of you who keep your smartphones in your bras for easy access, knock it off! “I am convinced her cell phone has caused her breast cancer,” said Tiffany’s mother, Traci Frantz. She pushes her belief further by expressing that “her tumors were exactly where her cellphone had been against her bare skin for about six years.” Both Tiffany and Traci hadn’t realized the danger of keeping your smartphone on your body until they heard of other people developing cancer with the same accusations.

Would you rather have a couple of missed calls and texts that you can easily make up for later or would you rather go in and out of the hospital to receive chemotherapy?

Despite Tiffany’s coincidental connection between the area that her cancer formed and her cellphone, there is no hard evidence that cell phones cause it. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, “Cell phones emit radio frequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held.” In other words, if you don’t need your cell at the moment, don’t touch it. Specifically do NOT rest your phone on or near your body either.

“Exposure to ionizing radiation, such as from radiation therapy, is known to increase the risk of cancer; however, although many studies have examined the potential health effects of non-ionizing radiation from radar, microwave ovens, and other sources, there is currently no consistent evidence that non-ionizing radiation increases cancer risk.” The National Cancer Institute claims that there’s no connecting evidence between the non-ionizing radiation smartphones emit and cancer developments because of how quickly cellphone technology is changing and how often we use our “hand-held” devices.

As I mentioned earlier, Tiffany had been keeping her cell in her bra for six years before the breast cancer developed in the same area, so if it took that long for her cancer to develop, then the radiation emitted from our iPhones CAN be controlled. I think I can speak for the majority when I say how much of a relief this is.

Is Your Cell Phone Giving You Cancer?

I’ve been a continuous cellphone owner for about eight years and counting and I’m proud to say that I’m cancer-free. Regardless, I’ve NEVER kept my cellphone on or near my body. Especially when I’m about to get ready for bed, I make sure that I don’t pass out until my iPhone is on my nightstand, at least a couple feet away from me. Fortunately, I have my mom to thank for this habit. If she hadn’t yelled at me countless times not to be attached to the phone 24/7, I may be in a different, more serious situation at this time.

My advice: keep the phone AWAY from you every chance you get. Would you rather have a couple of missed calls and texts that you can easily make up for later or would you rather go in and out of the hospital to receive chemotherapy? That’s what I figured.

It’s not the end of the world if you don’t answer a tweet as soon as you see it. If anything, you’ll appear more mature because you have better things to do instead of wait by the phone anxious for some attention via Instagram. Having your health and staying classy… that’s what I call a win-win situation. Cancer is not something to be taken lightly.

Keep yourselves and your loved ones safe by spreading the word (person to person) and putting down the phone! I know it’s difficult, but I’d pick a face to face conversation over texting a novel that can constantly be misconstrued any day.

Do you keep your cell phone on you at all times?

Hi! My name is Alicia. I have a degree in English and writing. I love to write; it's the most valuable form of therapy and it costs you nothing but your time. I'm a huge fan of dancing and dry humor. If you could make me laugh, play a good beat to move to --and hand me a kitten or twelve-- you'd have yourself a new best friend.

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