Do wireless headphones really increase cancer risk? 250 doctors warn United Nations

Do wireless headphones really increase cancer risk? 250 doctors warn United Nations

As many as 250 worldwide scientists have signed a United Nations and World Health Organisation petition raising serious concerns against the use of numerous wireless devices and call for protection.

More than 200 scientists from 42 countries have filed a petition to the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization, asking for stricter guidelines and regulatory standards regarding AirPods and other Bluetooth earbuds that could increase the risk of cancer.

In the Petition, the researchers warn of different devices, which emit high-frequency radiation, which can be found in WiFi, Bluetooth and mobile data transferred.

"Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices", the petition reads.

But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be unsafe - and much more research is needed. Beats and Apple wireless headphone together account for over 40% of the product market, but these devices may be pumping more than sounds into the heads of their users.

However, the petition isn't new - it originated in 2015 - and specifically calls out non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (used in all Bluetooth devices), as well as radiofrequency radiation emitting devices (like cell phones and Wi-Fi) as risky.

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Some experts believe that AirPods may be especially unsafe since the devices sit deep inside the ear canal where they emit radiation to fragile parts of the ear. It goes on to say that the risk of cancer, neurological disorders, and DNA damage that have been associated with EMF exposure can not be ignored.

"Bluetooth could open the blood-brain barrier that evolved to keep large molecules out of the brain, since the technology tends to be low-intensity", said Moskowitz.

Some animal studies have suggested there is a link between radio frequency radiation and cancer.

"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most global and national guidelines", the scientists collectively wrote in their appeal. These forms of energy are powerful enough to shake up atoms that compose cells but not powerful enough to change their structures, which means their radiowaves are less unsafe than radiation from X-rays or UV, but are still risky.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared electromagenetic field radiation a possible carcinogen.

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