Cell Phone Safety Tips

Electromagnetic Radiation and Your Health

The Research

Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radiation. Tissues nearest to where the phone is held can absorb this energy. Radiofrequency energy is a form of electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic radiation can be categorized into two types: ionizing (e.g., x-rays, radon, and cosmic rays) and non-ionizing (e.g., radiofrequency and extremely low-frequency or power frequency).

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 (1).

Cell Phone Don'ts

Practice these tips:

  • Please avoid children from using mobile phones, since children's skulls are thinner than adults and have more fluids. Similarly, women must also minimise usage of cell phones during pregnancy.
  • No one should sleep with their cell phone under the pillow OR next do them. In fact it is recommended not to have any electrical appliances next to you while you sleep.