For all our sakes, I hope this research is wrong and/or overstated or reliant on no-longer-used technologies because, well, let's be honest, it's not like you or I or anyone we know is going to stop using smartphones.
A cell phone is a two-way microwave-radiating device that has been associated with brain tumors and salivary gland tumors, weakened sperm production and cell membranes, hearing loss and tinnitus, among other issues.
Adults should not keep a cell phone in a pocket or on the body, and should use an air-tube headset or the speakerphone feature as much as possible, remembering that ‘distance is your friend.’
Adam Yauch, co-founder of the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died earlier this year at the age of 47 from a parotid gland tumor of his left cheek. Last year, an Israeli research group reported a sharp increase in the incidence of parotid gland tumors over the last 30 years, with the steepest increase happening after 2001. Your parotid gland is a type of salivary gland, located closest to your cheek – the same area where most people typically hold their cell phones. The researchers found a four-fold increase in parotid gland cancers from 1970 to 2006, while rates of other salivary gland cancers remained stable.