Health Risks of Using Mobile Phones

Kelly Ross

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Many scientific studies have investigated possible health symptoms of mobile phone radiation. In May 2016, the US National Toxicology Program released the results from an extensive rat study finding that cell phone radiation exposure was associated with an increase in brain and heart cancer rates. This research, however, was deemed flawed and discarded.

Some users of mobile handsets have reported feeling several symptoms during and after its use, such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory retentiveness, dizziness, headaches, and disturbances of the digestive system. Reports have noted, however, that all of these symptoms can also be attributed to stress and that current research cannot separate the symptoms from nocebo effects.

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated in June 2011 that "to date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use", a point they reiterated in October 2014. Some national radiation advisory authorities have recommended measures to minimize exposure to their citizens as a precautionary approach.
  1. Is there a link between mobile phone usage and cancer?

  2. The study made by the US National Toxicology Program is accepted as proof of the health risks that mobile phones can cause

  3. What are some countries doing to prevent the possibility of their citizens being negatively impacted by mobile phone usage?

  4. What do researchers attribute as the reason for some health complaints by mobile phone users?

  5. What is one thing mobile phone users have NOT experienced?


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. Have you ever noticed any health symptoms after using a cell phone for too long? What symptoms did you feel?

  2. Do you think using cellphones can cause other problems to people that are not related to their health? Explain

  3. Do you think society are using cell phones excessively? What are some alternatives to using cell phones that you can think of?

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