Ask ten people to name ten possessions that they can’t live without, and most are likely to list their cell phones. But these convenient devices may be much more dangerous than their owners realize, especially when it comes to use among children.
The Daily Green reports that a Swedish study found that people who begin using cell phones before the age of 20 are five times more likely to develop a glioma, a form of brain cancer.
Children are more susceptible to developing cancer from exposure to cell phone radiation because their brains and skulls are not fully developed. The Independent put it this way: “They are more at risk because their brains and nervous systems are still developing and because – since their heads are smaller and their skulls are thinner – the radiation penetrates deeper into their brains.”
Even among adults, those who have used cell phones for 10 years are twice as likely to develop gliomas. Radiation from cell phones can damage DNA, and the radiation is stronger when the cell phone is in use and when reception is poor. Of course, most people place cell phones next to their skull when using them.
Use an ear piece to cut down on cancer risk. While Bluetooth devices also emit radiation, they do so at much lower levels. Limit cell phone use among children and teenagers. Don’t let children play with cell phones or use them frequently. Use land-lines when possible, and keep your cell phone turned off when possible. When feasible, send a text message instead of making a call.
Children are also more vulnerable to another hidden source of radiation: radon. This radioactive gas seeps from rocks and stones (often underground), and it can build up in homes and offices. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon causes 21,000 deaths per year. Install a radon detector to alert you when radon in the air reaches harmful levels.