Does wi-fi cause cancer?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 12, 2015

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Wi-fi does not cause cancerContrary to previous studies, the findings of a latest study have found that using a mobile or wi-fi does not pose a threat your health.

Previous studies stated that the low-level of electromagnetic field exposure from mobiles and other transmitting devices could trigger heating of tissue, infertility in males and cancer.

However, further assessment of health hazards caused by low-level electromagnetic fields emitted from radio transmitters found that there is no scientific evidence in support of theory.

Previously, some studies were conducted while focusing on the risk of cancer in the head and neck.

However, the Norwegian Expert Committee found no scientific evidence to establish an association between mobile phone use and brain tumour.

Data to support the theory for other types of cancer, like leukemia and lymphoma, are limited though.

An evidence to show that mobile use can increase the risk of cancer does not exist. Also, no increase in the number of tumours has been noted since the introduction of mobile phones.

The committee found that mobile phones and other equipments do not have an association with electromagnetic hypersensitivity. But, the relation between mobile phone use and symptoms like headache, fatigue, stress, sleep disturbance, skin problem etc. is not imaginary either.

"We have no grounds to say that the symptoms are imaginary. But a large number of studies suggest that these symptoms must have other causes than the physical effects of low-level electromagnetic fields round mobile phones, wireless transmitters and other wireless equipment’’, says professor Jan Alexander.

"Research provides no evidence to support that interventions help, such as reducing the use of mobile phones or wireless networks.

"Our opinion is that patients with these health problems must be taken seriously by the health service and should be treated as other patients.

"There is a need for greater expertise in the health service for this group of patients."

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