You’ve probably heard your one conspiracy theory-obsessed relative warn that cell phones cause cancer. But now there’s scientific evidence to back up these claims.
Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine and the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) — a health education and advocacy group led by renowned physician and writer Dr. Devra Davis — claim that there is a link between cell phone use and brain cancer.
What’s more, according to the researchers, children are most susceptible to health problems stemming from exposure to cell phone radiation.
At a meeting yesterday for the Pediatric Academic Societies, Yale and EHT researchers presented several reports that maintain that “children absorb more microwave radiation” than adults.
The meeting was part of the Cell Phones, Wireless And Children’s Health Symposium 2016 in Baltimore. At the conference, a number of panelists discussed the links among cell phone usage, health and behavioral problems in children.
“These devices are really stressing and straining our family relationships because the average mom or dad will check their phones 60 to 110 times a day,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair.
In addition to that warning and all the others presented at the symposium, a 2013 study showed that children who use cell phones are at a high risk of developing ADHD.
Even worse, doctors fear that prolonged exposure to radiation during childhood will cause cancer later in life. But because cancers, such as brain tumors, take anywhere from 10-20 years to take root, researchers say it will be a long time before we truly know how risky cell phone use really is.
This is all the more troubling when you consider how often young people use their phones today. A recent Common Sense Media poll found that 50 percent of teens said they believed they were addicted to their phones.
Breaking that kind of dependency is imperative to doctors like Devra Davis, who has publicly advocated for cell phone manufacturers to conduct research into how to prevent dangerous exposure to radiation or several years (despite initially, like so many of us, not wanting to believe the evidence herself).
“The weight of the evidence is clear: cell phones do cause brain cancer,” she said.