Can a Cell Phone Tower Cause Cancer?
People living near cell phone towers may worry that living nearby increases their risk of cancer and other health conditions due to radiofrequency radiation emitted by these towers, which has been shown to cause health issues.
Cellular towers are locations where antennae and electronic communication equipment work together to form cells in a cellular network. Radio frequency waves (RF waves) comprise the lower end of electromagnetic spectrum.
Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) can be produced from everyday devices we use such as cell phones, smart meters and tablets; radio and television signals; radar, satellites and MRI machines emit electromagnetic radiation that does not damage DNA or cause mutations. While non-ionizing radiation causes changes to cell structure without damaging DNA or leading to mutations.
Researchers have conducted several studies which link electromagnetic field exposure with cancer in humans and animals; however, more research needs to be completed before we can be sure if there is indeed a real risk from EMF exposure.
Power lines generate electromagnetic fields that gradually decrease as you move away, similar to the magnetic fields created by home wiring systems. There have been concerns regarding any possible links between power lines and cancer since a 1979 study revealed an association between high-current configuration electrical wiring near homes and childhood leukemia cases; this has not been replicated and other research indicates no strong enough links that warrant being considered as real threats.
Cell Phone Towers
Some may worry that living, working or attending school near a cell phone tower increases their risk for cancer or other health conditions; however, experts from various fields disagree and find no such linkage between cell tower proximity and cancer or health conditions.
Scientists contend that low-frequency waves emitted by cellphone towers do not contain sufficient energy to cause DNA molecules or tissues to heat up significantly. Even when antennae are nearer the ground than base stations, there’s usually some distance between them and base station’s antenna, and inside buildings RF energy levels tend to be much lower than outside.
Some epidemiological studies have reported increased cancer incidence rates among those who live within 350 meters of cell towers; however, this could simply reflect that areas surrounding cell towers have higher overall rates of cancer to begin with. Thus, more research must be conducted in order to provide definitive proof that cell towers pose any significant risks.
Many people fear living near a cell phone tower could increase their risk of cancer. This fear stems from low-frequency radio waves emitted by towers being similar to microwave radiation which has been proven to damage DNA and inhibit repair processes, while cell phone tower radiation poses much less of an impact.
Studies have not established any connection between being near cell phone towers and cancer risk, and proximity. Studies continue to verify this finding but no conclusive evidence has yet emerged showing the harmful long-term effects caused by cell tower radiation.
Radiation may sound intimidating, but it does not refer to radioactive radiation (from nuclear bombs and accidents). Radiation refers to energy that radiates from something. Cell phones and towers emit radiofrequency RF radiation that heats up body tissues without leading to cancer or any other serious health problems.
How to Avoid Exposure
Cellphone towers emit and receive radio-frequency radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum. This energy belongs to the non-ionizing category; therefore it doesn’t pose any danger of damaging DNA like other forms of radiation like X-rays or cosmic rays do.
But stress can be detrimental to one’s health, leading to disturbed sleep, memory loss, headaches, fatigue and joint pains. In extreme cases it may even result in miscarriage and cardiovascular problems – not to mention ringing ears, vision distortion and hearing loss!
Studies conducted over 10 years by WHO found that heavy cellphone users had a 55% increased risk of glioma cancer, though this doesn’t mean you should give up using them altogether; rather, keeping your cellphone away from your body such as pocketing it or placing it against your head (especially during pregnancy) should help lower exposure levels; consider switching over to landline phones instead!