Scientists Say AirPods May be Linked to Cancer

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 13, 2019

Around 28 million AirPods have been sold worldwide since they were launched in 2016 to tackle the menace of tangled earphones, the Sun Online reported.

As many as 250 global 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.

Like many pieces of modern tech, AirPods harness Bluetooth technology - a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiowave that can transmit data.

For some, it goes beyond having a device that simplifies phone use actions like making and receiving calls or simply listening to music, it is the very idea of being a part of what is considered as the newest trend in mobile technology that gives gratification.

It reads: "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 bubble may be bursting for AirPods users, however, as a number of scientists have come out to say the device is harmful and may have the potential of causing cancer.

In 2002 and 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified EMF and ELF (extremely low frequency) fields as possibly carcinogenic.

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EMF is a similar type of radiowave to X-rays or UV but it is not as powerful or intense.

Still, at high levels, EMF, can generate heat and affect cell growth.

But overall, the scientific community is yet to rule conclusively on the impact of large amounts of relatively low-level EMF exposure.

He said: "There are many thousands of papers of varying quality and relevance to health that point in all sorts of directions".

The WHO has guidelines for what it considers to be a healthy level of EMF but the new petition claims that more research is needed.

The petition added: "The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF".

Apple have said all their devices comply with guidelines and regulations, when asked about the cancer risk.

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