tech2 News StaffMay 30, 2016 19:42:05 IST
A recent U.S. Government study seemed to have come up with damning evidence that cell phone radiation causes an uptick in cancer rates. The study was conducted over a period of two and a half years and was only conducted with rats. The results of the study seemed to indicate that the rats, which were subjected to CDMA and GSM radiation, had a higher chance of getting cancer. The rate of incidence was apparently higher with CDMA radiation than GSM.
To the public, this was a terrifying confirmation of some of their worst fears and a bigger question loomed? Isn't it worth risking cancer to losing our cell phones?
However, when other researchers and statisticians analysed the data, they discovered that there were a number of glaring discrepancies which completely negated the report’s findings.
For a start, the GSM standard emits more radiation than CDMA, but the type of radiation emitted by both is essentially the same. Therefore, the rats should have experienced greater levels of cancer incidence from GSM radiation than CDMA radiation.
GSM and CDMA radiations are also considered to be non-ionizing radiation. In layman’s terms, this means that they don’t have the energy to cause any sort of damage to cells in the first place. They might excite a few electrons, but that’s it.
If that wasn’t bad enough, experts in the fields of statistics claim that there wasn’t enough data to reach any sort of conclusion. The experts argue that the data is not statistically significant and falls well within the bounds of statistical random variations and historical valuations.
Lastly, it was observed that on average, rats exposed to radiation lived longer than rats not exposed to radiation. This, the experts suggest, could simply mean that the rats that got cancer simply lived longer and tumours developed as a natural consequence of the aging process. Again, the government study is not conclusive.
The bottom line? We don’t definitively know if your phone is giving you cancer or not, but it’s theoretically improbable that your phone will give you cancer and currently, there exists no study that can prove either case.
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