Essay about Radio Frequency Emissions

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One late summer evening I was watching the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. If you are a frequent viewer of Late Night, infomercials account for the majority of the advertising. To this day, I remember Safe Cell Tab being advertised as a sticker-like device that would reduce the risk of cancer when using it with a wireless phone. According to Wikipedia, sixty percent of the world’s population owns a cell phone. There are roughly 6.7 billion people in the world. This means on any given day 4 billion people are exposed to cellular phones. If cell phones have the potential to cause harm to the human body, then why does America only see 15,000 new cases of brain cancer per year? The two figures don’t add up which leads me to believe that …show more content…
Scientific studies have focused on the question of whether there is a risk of getting brain cancer for those who use mobile phones compared to non-users. Two types of studies are generally used to investigate suspected cancer causes: epidemiological studies, which look at the incidence of a disease in certain groups of people, and animal studies (Phones, Cancers and Brain Tumors - What is the REAL story?). Scientific studies are sometimes difficult to carry out in a way that can determine whether a cause-and-effect relationship exists between a single variable in a person's life (in this case, cell phone use) and the person's disease (brain cancer) (Phones, Cancers and Brain Tumors - What is the REAL story?). Variables that complicate the research in a relationship between brain cancer and cell phones: Cancer takes many years to develop, which makes long-term cell phone effects hard to study. For instance, how can rats and mice be tested and interpreted so it corresponds to the behavior of humans? How can scientists account for the fact that these studies sometimes expose animals to RF almost continuously--up to 22 hours a day--and to whole-body radiation, unlike people's head-only exposure (Phones, Cancers and Brain Tumors - What is the REAL story). Controversially, some types of cancer are being cured with electromagnetic waves. Research conducted at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston shows that spiking
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