Hair loss can be caused by lots of factors but it is always an emotional issue. Our hair is a very noticeable part of our appearance and we use our styles to convey our personality. Having a full head of hair is linked to masculinity and virility. So what happens when that is threatened? As well as the looming threat of male pattern baldness, can phone radiation cause hair loss?
One of the problems with this question is that, with so many phones in the world, it is hard to separate the factors. Most bald men will have a mobile phone. But most non-bald men will also have a mobile phone.
Male pattern baldness sees a receding hairline and a loss of hair around the crown. This is normal and hereditary issue caused by hormones that affects millions of men, increasingly as they get older. This is an age-old issue that cannot be blamed on phone radiation.
A trader who used a phone for many hours a day reported a bald patch where he held his mobile phone against his ear. The doctor who treated him suspected that there was a link between the bald spot and the length of time he spent on his phone and pointed to electromagnetic radiation as the cause.
But could the bald spot have been caused by the heat from the phone, or by the phone damaging the skin as it was held in the same spot for hours every day?
Leading hair loss clinic, The Belgravia Centre, says there is no conclusive evidence that phone radiation affects hair growth.
If you are suffering from sudden hair loss in one particular area, if there are other symptoms such as redness or irritation, your first step should be to see your GP to check if there is a medical reason. There are conditions such as alopecia that affect hair growth and other conditions that hair loss can be a symptom of.
To protect you from phone radiation WaveWall have a range of anti-radiation phone cases, radiation-blocking headphones and other products.
It’s a question that is getting a lot of press and attention at the moment: can phone radiation cause cancer?
There have been some high-profile cases that have raised the question in the minds of the public. The World Health Organisation gave mobile phones a Class 2B rating, which means they assessed them as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, with carcinogenic meaning cancer-causing.
But is this scaremongering, playing it safe, or something we need to be concerned about?
There are lots of studies and medical research that shows phone radiation passes through the body and damages cells and DNA. There is lots of evidence that shows how this can cause male infertility by damaging sperm. Too many damaged sperm means trouble conceiving, and a possible diagnosis of male infertility.
Could phone radiation damage cells and DNA to cause cancer?
In Italy a court case found a mobile phone responsible for causing a man’s brain tumour. It was a benign tumour but did lead to hearing loss in one ear. The court decided that safety equipment should have been provided for the long hours the man used his phone as part of his job. The ruling was hotly contested by some medical experts and the mobile phone companies.
There is also the often-quoted case of “a woman who developed breast cancer tumours right underneath where she kept her phone kept tucked under her bra strap”. Could it be a horrible coincidence, or did the phone cause it?
The problem is that there is so little research and evidence into the question. There needs to be far more study into the long-term effects of mobile phone radiation. There are too many unanswered questions about phone radiation, including whether it can cause cancer.
Until the possible risks of phone radiation causing cancer is fully understood, you can help protect yourself from harmful mobile phone radiation using WaveWall’s range of anti-radiation mobile phone cases, laptop cases, iPad cases and Airtube headphones.
At WaveWall we know the damage phone radiation can do to your body. Our anti-radiation products are scientifically proven to protect against EMFs and phone radiation. But how far can this damage go? Can phone radiation kill you?
It’s an understandable concern. It’s stirred up by sensationalist news stories and used to sell items with dubious scientific credentials. But is it a real threat?
Part of the problem is that – like anything EMF or mobile phone radiation-related – we just don’t have enough long term data. Mobile phones only started to become household items in the mid to late 90s. The current blanketing of WiFi signals and popularity of smartphones began around 2010. That’s not enough time for all the fallout and repercussions to become clear.
If phone radiation has a long-term effect we don’t know yet. If it takes thirty years to have an effect we don’t know yet – no-one has been around smartphones and WiFi for that long. How might it affect children who have grown up in this environment, once they reach old age? We are a long way from finding out.
Clearly more research needs to be done. Both in the short term and longer-term studies.
In the meantime, it is sensible to take reasonable precautions. Limiting children’s exposure to mobile phones is proven to benefit their development in many ways, not just physically. This step is recommended by many governments and health boards.
We know that mobile phones and the always-on access they provide to social media can cause anxiety in adults. Many people are addicted to checking their mobile phone, which impacts on relationships and quality of life. Also, mobile phones can disrupt our sleep and cause us to work much longer hours.
Many studies have shown a link between mobile phone radiation and male infertility. Sperm is damaged by the mobile phone radiation that passes through the body, leading to male infertility. This trend is happening all over the world, with one in five healthy young men in danger of infertility.
So can phone radiation kill you? The jury is still out, and will be for some time. But there is plenty you can do to protect yourself from phone radiation and the bad effects we definitely know it can have on your body and mind.