I remember the first time my grandfather told me he had cancer. My assumption was that it was all health related. Yet I learned that it was also caused by the usage of electronic devices. I was shocked and surprised of this news. Will this start to affect the future of my generation? It seems like everyone is on some type of electronic device everywhere you look.. Cell phones first became widely available in the United States in the 1990s. Ever since then the use of them have increased dramatically. In 2011, more than 320 million people had phones which is more than US population. The age range and how long people talk on their phone have increased. Brain cancer in the past decade was at 23,130 new diagnoses and 14,080 deaths. The 5-year relative survival diagnosed from 2003-2009 was 35 percent. “Cell Phones and Cancer Risk” talks about different points that have been brought up with cell phones causing cancer. There are three main reasons why people are concerned that cell phones might cause cancer. First, cell phones emit radiofrequency energy which can cause the tissues to absorb non-ionizing radiation. Second, the number of cell phone users has increased rapidly. In 2010, there were more than 303 million subscribers to cell phone service in the United States versus 110 million user in 2000. Lastly, the number of cell phone calls per day, length of call, and amount of time people use cell phones have increased. There are two different types of electromagnetic radiation: ionizing, which is like x-rays and non-ionizing, which is like radiofrequency. A recent study shows that when people use their phone for 50 minutes, the brain tissue on the phone side is metabolizes more glucose than the tissues on the opposite side of the brain. A study known as COSMOS which is cohort study of mobile phone of society. They enrolled approximately 290,000 cell phone user aged 18 years or older to date and will follow them for 20 to 30
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