Mobile phone towers, electromagnetic frequencies and the radiations from mobile phone towers are never ending debate. Despite not knowing much about mobile phone tower radiations and its actual repercussions, common man dreads of thinking about the radiations and its effects because of the many common myths floating about them.
Here in this post, we will discuss few of the common myths about Electro-Magnetic Frequency [EMF] and tower radiations:
Myth 1: EMF are deadly and has cancer-causing elements
This is one of the most common myth out there. The reason being, EMF is being categorised as Group 2B possible carcinogens. However, do note that it’s categorised as group 2B – “possibly carcinogens”; not 2A which means “probably carcinogenic” and not group 1 either.
It is further relevant to note that in one of its report, World Health Organization quoted “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”
Myth 2: Using a cell phone will cause Ear Tumour
This is another myth around EMF and tower radiations which says that while using cellphones, it increases the temperature of the earlobes resulting in Tinnitus that ultimately causes ear tumour and hearing loss, either partial or complete.
However, just couple of google search about Tinnitus would reveal that Tinnitus is occasionally a sign of high blood pressure, allergy or anaemia and has no links with EMFs and tower radiations.
Myth 3: It is not safe to live near a cell phone tower
Mobile towers can be found in many of the buildings both, in rural and urban areas. However, since the past couple of years, owners of these properties have been reluctant to lease out their property for installation of mobile towers because of this myth floating around. However, Indian telecom minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad stated “There is radiation in everyday life. The question is whether the radiation from telecom towers is harmful. It is not… And it is strictly monitored” Not just him, the same has been ruled by many high-courts from across the country.
To sum it up, there are no evidence or studies to support the fact that EMF and tower radiations are life threatening as it is being suggested by many common men out there.