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Prolonged use of smartphones can increase the risk of brain tumor

Brain tumor cases have risen over the last 20 years because of the extensive use of smartphones

  • Published: June 27, 2018 11:15 AM IST
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Smartphones have made life so easy for us. However, it cannot be ignored that prolonged use of smartphones can also be equally harmful. While we all use smartphones, a lot of us are unaware of the fact that smartphones can emit harmful Electromagnetic Field Radiation, which can have a huge impact on human brain cells, increasing the risk of brain tumor.

According to Deccan Chronicle, the number of  brain tumor cases have risen in the last 20 years because of the extensive use of smartphones. Talking on the phone for two minutes can disrupt brain neurons for 45 minutes. Research has also proven that about 10 to 80 percent of the radiation can penetrate two inches into the brain, while making calls. The impact is even higher with children.

It’s not just with calling either. The risk of getting brain tumor is further increased by simply being in close proximity with the smartphone. This refers to using it to constantly check for notifications, scrolling through social media applications and even keeping your phone next to you while sleeping. The latter is known to increase the risk of getting depression, anxiety, migraine and other brain issues.

The risk of getting a brain tumor is also higher in people who have been using smartphones for a long time. Deccan Chronicle cited an AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) report stating that people who have been using their smartphones for making longer phone calls in the last 10 years have a 33 percent higher chance of getting brain tumor.

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While smartphones are useful, it is important for us to limit its usage on a daily basis. Understanding the harmful impact, even tech giants like Google, Apple and Facebook have been taking plenty of measures, as part of the Digital wellbeing initiative, in order to limit the use of devices and apps. However, the first step needs to be taken by us.

  • Published Date: June 27, 2018 11:15 AM IST