For many years the evidence has been mounting that exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell and cordless phones increases the risk of cancer. Finally a study that pooled data from 2 case controlled studies was published in october 2014 confirming these effects.
This is what they found for brain (glioma) cancer risk:
Mobile phone use > 1 year = 30% increased risk
Cordless phone use > 1 year = 40% increased risk
Mobile phone use > 25 years = 300% increased risk
The risk for brain cancer was greatest in the most exposed part of the brain (side) called the temporal lobe. Notice cordless phones are actually worse than cell phones. They can emit even stronger signals from base to handset.
The scary thing is that children and adolescents are more vulnerable to the effects than adults because of their thinner skull bone and smaller head. The brain is still developing up to about the age of 20 and until that time it is relatively vulnerable. The youngest generation has a very high rate of cellphone use dramatically increasing cancer risk in the future. The study also suggested that the newer "3 and 4G" phone may be more dangerous since they emitted stronger signals.
Some medical authorities still doubt the results since the study used a survey as the method to collect info which has some limitations. However, this study should confirm the potential negative effects of EMF exposure from phones.
A few practical ways to reduce your exposure are:
1) Do hands-free or plug in headphones
2) Text (not while driving) - FYI another study also found that increased smart phone use has increased the amount of time people bend there necks which increases the load on the cervical spine leading to early arthritis in the neck.
3) Turn your phone off or airplane mode while going to bed - the brain is vulnerable while sleeping
Here is the link to the study
Breast cancer affects 1 in 7 women with rates rising every year. Mammograms are the current gold standard for breast cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately they are not as helpful as most women think. The Canadian and American Cancer Societies recommend that all women over 40 get yearly mammograms as a breast cancer screening. However, a number of experts and scientists have raised concerns about how accurate they really are at correctly identifying breast cancer and that the x-ray exposure and breast compression may actually do more harm than good. Another nail in the mammogram coffin came in the form of a very large and meticulous study done at the university of Toronto which found that mammograms had no affect on mortality for women between ages 40-59. The report also stated that mammograms over diagnose almost 1 in 3 lesions (30%) leading to unnecessary biopsies, stress and lost tax dollars.
While mammograms are still standard of care in almost ever country, Switzerland has stopped all screening mammograms since their medical review group found no benefits in the data.
Something to also consider is that the yearly x-ray exposure may also increase the risk of breast cancer, the very thing thing that the screening is trying to identify. One mammogram can expose you to same radiation as 100's of x-ray tests.
So what should a women do?
1) Regular clinical (seeing your doctor) and self breast exams. Remember 80% of breast lumps are NON-cancerous. If you do feel a lump see ask your doctor to check it. An ultrasound is much safer way to assess lumps without x-ray exposure and breast compression.
2) Eat a plant-based diet. Vegetarians have the lowest rates of all cancers
3) Consume a diet high in fibre and cruciferous veggies - they block the negative effects of estrogen
To read the full text study follow this link
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