Q: Does using a cell phone increase my cancer risk?
A:As a society, the adoption of and dependence on cellular devices has skyrocketed over the last decade. With so many people using cell phones on a daily basis, and even on an hourly basis, the fear has begun to arise that certain frequencies emitted by cell phones may increase one's risk of developing cancer.
As it turns out, there is no definitive answer - yet. Cell phones emit radiofrequency (RF) energy (radio waves) that travel through the body during use. This is technically a form of radiation, but the effects that RF waves have on the human body have yet to be fully determined. Several research studies have been done on this subject, but results have thus far been inconsistent in proving a link between cell phone usage and increased cancer risk. Despite these general findings, the biggest study to date - the 13-nation Interphone study run by the International Agency for Research on Cancer - found no link between the RF waves and increased cancer risk.