Ever since the dawn of the first cordless phone in the early ’70s, we’ve been surrounded by wireless devices like cell phones. We’ve zoomed past from the first generation (1G) to the fifth generation (5G) of telecom networks, offering the thrilling prospect of super-fast data. But along this ride, there have been whispers of concern about the safety of 5G and its potential harm to human health.
Is 5G Safe? Here’s What Experts Say- “In 2017, doctors and scientists launched a petition to stop the 5G rollout in the EU, citing cancer risks. One worry is that since 5G is so new, there hasn’t been time to properly test whether it’s safe.” Forbes Health https://t.co/oaYPluUL4g
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Going back to the 1970s, years of research suggest links between cellphone radiation and several health issues. These range from fertility problems, mental health disorders, and inflammation to cancer. However, these findings are not set in stone, and differing study funding sources often lead to varied results.
Experiments with animals have suggested that previous generations of telecom technology, like 2G, 3G, and 4G, could pose health risks. For example, a 2018 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences report highlighted increased cancer risks and DNA damage in rats exposed to high levels of 2G and 3G radiation. But don’t panic just yet – the radiation levels these rats experienced are way beyond what humans encounter while using smartphones.
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Many studies point out that no solid proof indicates exposure to cellphone radiation is harmful. Research before the launch of 5G in 2019 showed that certain brain structures absorbed radiation when phones were held near the ear. Some studies even connect heavy cell phone use to a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma.
As for 5G, it uses millimeter waves that struggle to pass through solid materials, but they can be absorbed by our skin. One study in 2020 found that 5G waves if sent from 10 cm (4 inches) away, could penetrate the skin by around 0.9 millimeters.
Understanding the potential health impacts becomes more critical as we race towards a future with even faster communication and stronger connectivity promised by 5G.