WHO’s warning about increased brain tumor risk from mobile phone usage has scared many. But there is no cause for great concern. This is because brain tumors are rare.
For example, professor Lennart Hardell in Orebro university, Sweden, found a 390% increase in one kind of brain tumor, and of course this sounds daunting. But in absolute terms that meant an increase of only two in one thousand. Other tumors had a smaller increase.
Therefore there is no reason to have a great fear of brain tumors because you have been using a mobile phone. The risk is small even if it is increased by mobile phone radiation exposure. But it is wise to limit phone use primarily for other reasons:
It is possible to reduce the risks
Knowledge is being developed how to reduce cancer risk. Research suggests that free radicals play a key role in in the development of tumors. Therefore it is advisable to increase your intake of antioxidants.
Also regarding the other negative effects on the brain, free radicals probably play an important role. So in any case, do increase your use of antioxidants.
Reduce the exposure
In essence, minimize the time you use the phone. Usa a land-line whenever possible.
For details, see our advice on how to reduce exposure in the article “Safety advice“.
Do not force others to be exposed
Don’t call in situations where other people cannot move away from you like in elevators, busses, trains, restaurants etc.
For more details, see “Mobile phone etiquette”
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