Disclaimer: Originally published in August 2018. It is being republished since it still remains an interesting topic till today.
Pramod Kasiwal and Sanjay Kasiwal, residents of Jaipur reported that both of them were diagnosed of brain cancer a few weeks after three cellular towers were installed on the roof of their residential building.
The family has no history of cancers.
With North India having 26%, West India having 22%, East India having 18% and South India having 38% cell tower deployment density, reports of cancer due to radiation are increasing day by day!
They blamed the cellular antennas on the roof.
Is it true that radiation from these mobile towers causes cancer?
How far should you be from such antennas and if they do cause cancer, why do authorities install them just above our heads?
Let’s demystify this belief and see the science behind it!
The Science Behind Mobile Antennas And Effect On Humans
Our smartphones are not powerful enough to receive signals directly from the main cell tower, hence the use of smaller cellular towers mounted on rooftops in different regions is inevitable.
These small antennas and towers receive signals from the main cell tower and then transfer the same to our phones. This process is a very complex one, so let’s not go too deep into the science.
A point to note here is that these signals are called RF or Radio Frequency signals and are of very high frequency. The human body, when exposed to very high levels of RF radiation, undergoes many biological changes, a majority of which are harmful to us.
A child’s brain absorbs about double the amount of RF energy than an adult. All ratings of antennas and phones are based on adult brains. So, children are more prone to the harmful effects due to the radiation.
The microwaves from your phones cause low sperm count, headaches, memory loss, birth defects and other genetic mishaps.
So Do These Antennas Really Cause Cancer?
The answer according to the scientific evidence present right now is NO. But according to hundreds of allegations made, we see cases reported about getting cancer due to radiation from rooftop antennas.
The reality is that RF radiation is much lesser than other forms of radiation like x-rays, UV etc. which more evidently increase cancer risk. RF radiation is not strong enough to interfere in our genetic design and cause multiple replication of cells, in other words – it cannot cause cancer.
Being close to cellular towers, in particular, rooftop cellular towers does not cause brain damage or cancer, unless your brain is already genetically defected and is highly sensitive to RF energy.
Every mobile phone has a SAR or Specific Absorption Rate value. Surprisingly, as reported by TRAI and other cellular communication authorities worldwide,
“SAR values for rooftop antennas is around 0.2-0.35. Apple phones have an SAR of more than 2, Motorola phones have SAR values 1.5-1.55, majority of Samsung phones have SAR values between 0.2-0.4, LG phones have an SAR of 0.5-0.6 and Nokia candy-bar phones have SAR values around 0.1-0.2.”
The real devil is in your pocket, not above your head on the roof. The long-drawn notion that cellular antennas on top of buildings cause cancer has almost negligible scientific evidence to prove it.
So can you now stop fighting with authorities about it? Yes, the antennas deployment is safe until minimum SAR values are maintained.
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