Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Apple AirPods Could Pose Cancer Risk: Say Scientists

Apple AirPods Could Pose Cancer Risk: Say Scientists

The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently said that EMF waves could be carcinogenic to humans.

There is no question that Apple's wireless Bluetooth AirPods have been a big hit.

Very little research exists on such bluetooth technology and related health effects, but we do know they use radiowave radiation in addition to a magnetic field that passes through the brain to talk to one another.

The bubble may be bursting for AirPods users, however, as a number of scientists have come out to say the device is harmful and may have the potential of causing cancer.

Last year, Apple sold more than 28 million pairs of AirPods and more than 16 million the year prior, according to the Daily Mail.

Advent of new wireless technologies are outpacing research and regulation, and its effects could have risky even disastrous health effects, such as the untested 5G posed to roll out using broader and far stronger signals than ever before.

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The report further specified that although the scientific jury is yet to pin down the particular devices that can cause cancer, animal studies on the kind of radio frequency radiation they emit, suggested a link to cancer.

Bluetooth operates on one form involving low-power radiowaves. Along with cancer, genetic damage and neurological disorders are possibly linked to EMF exposure in humans. Scientists are warning that microwave radiation from many popular wireless technologies could pose serious health risks, this petition has quickly collected 250 signatures.

Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, made the contrary connection in a recent article for Medium, when he said, "my concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation". They called for stronger guidelines and demanded that the public be informed about the risks posed by radio waves. According to Kenneth Foster, a Professor of biotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, speaks of the evidence for that of Bluetooth headphones and similar devices is no danger to go out.

Electromagnetic field radiation has been declared by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a potential carcinogen.

This means that radiowaves are less risky than higher energy radiation like X-rays or UV, but more extremely low-frequency radiation.

"By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfil its role as the preeminent global public health agency".

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