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

15 March 2019

But, the new petition's authors argue, research has revealed evidence that EMF may be carcinogenic at even lower levels.

The technology uses electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio waves to transmit data, and its use so close to a user's inner skull is considered risky. In the wake of the petition, media outlets around the world began classifying another product as a possible cancer risk: Apple's wireless headphones called AirPods, and other wireless headphones like them.

As many as 250 experts have signed a United Nations and World Health Organization petition warning against the use of numerous wireless devices.

AirPods are Apple's most popular audio accessory since launched in 2016 and continue to remain incredibly popular choice of around 28 million so as to tackle the tangled headphones.

According to the Daily Mail, the concern is that the AirPods sit so far within the ear that they could potentially easily pass radiation in through the ear.

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

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.

"If you also use a cell phone on a daily basis, it's weird to worry about the hazards of these earphones", Ken Foster, a bioengineering professor at University of Pennsylvania, told

The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2011 categorized radio frequencies like bluetooth as a "possible human carcinogen".

Animal studies on radio frequency radiation emitted by certain devices and used in Wi-Fi, cellular, and Bluetooth transmissions have shown a link to cancer. The document also brings up recent findings by The International Agency for Research on Cancer, suggesting that EMF "possibly" has "carcinogenic" effects on humans, since high levels EMF can increase heat and thereby boost cell growth in human bodies. "Very little research has been done on Bluetooth itself, as it tends to be low intensity it could open the blood brain barrier, and there is concern that there is probably more neurological disorders and diseases as opposed to cancer." explains Dr. Moskowitz. These waves are similar to UV rays or X raysbut are not as powerful.

'By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent worldwide public health agency'.

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