Your Cell Phone Won't Give You Cancer

Your Cell Phone Won't Give You Cancer

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I can’t speak for you, but lots my friends go into a tizzy when groups like the WHO classify cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic”. Should you panic? Cell phones and cancer are the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage.

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John Green — Executive Producer
Stan Muller — Director, Producer
Aaron Carroll — Writer
Mark Olsen — Graphics


  1. Justin Lynch on January 15, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Has anything changed? I heard some nonsense in California.

  2. KinKinOmar on January 15, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    As the data shows that radiation from cell phones is non-ionizing does not cause cancer but things like x-rays, radon, and cosmic rays do cause it. Growing up, and to this day, my father still believes that phones do cause cancer and goes on about its harms and then goes to sit on couch in the living room, drink tea, and play Sudoku on his phone. I do understand why the whole fuss and debate how we should lessen our use of our phones, I mean do not get me wrong even if it does not affect our brains, it does affect our eyes and more importantly people are being more reliant on their phones and not human contact. I know I got a little side tracked there but as the Interphone study suggested that cell phone users are not in risk for two of the most common types of brain tumor, glioma and meningioma.

  3. Holly on January 15, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    I watched this video because I have heard this before and was always skeptical about it and was curious as to what he had to say about this topic. After watching this video I will that there is a little relief as with these you just never know unless you really look for it. As he mentioned the study done to test for this is not the greatest method to determine the correlation between cell phones and brain tumors. It may be the most humane research that can be done on this topic but I do not believe it was helpful in the slightest. The point was made the more than 270 million people in the U.S. have cell phones and I think this is an excellent statistic to bring in to this argument. With so many people having cells there should be a significant increase of people who develop brain tumors, but there isn’t. So many people, young and old, utilize cell phones that if they really were so dangerous by now there would like be research or at least speculation of their harm. I also enjoyed the fact about how a phones radiation is non – ionizing, such as a microwave. The only thing with that is that my mom has always told me not to stand next to the microwave while it is cooking food because of the waves it emits. I never listened to her on that as I always found it silly that the machine that cooks my leftovers could do any harm. I guess it is also silly to think the machine that many people joke and call their lives would cause any harm to them.

  4. Zach VanAlst on January 15, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    The experience I have had with cell phones and the rumor of them giving cancer, I have heard many times from friends,family, and etc. The use of cell phones will always be used no matter what the case may. The use of cell phones could cause many diseases or cancers, and all those who have cell phones would still continually use them no matter the outcome or danger. Cell phones are a necessity to many people all over the world for work, life, and etc. The non-Ironizing radiation is something that I have heard being cancerous or causing diseases, but as it was said in the video no matter how many things the cell phones may cause they will always be used and never given up. No matter what there are rays of radiation that are let off while using a cell phone but no one thinks about that.

  5. Summer vlogs on January 15, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    I sleep with 2 phones with me so..

  6. Kaitlyn Amey on January 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    This video really caught my eye just by the title due to the fact I have heard numerous people say and try to convince other people that cell phones are causing cancer. My dad informed me just a couple of weeks ago about his friend’s son who believes that by sleeping with his phone in his bed every night, while it was charging, was the leading cause of his brain cancer. This doctors also believed that this could be one the main reasons as well, according to my dad’s friend. However, now that I have watched this video I think that it may have been caused my something else and not the cell phone. First of all, I never knew that cell phones or Bluetooth devices even let off any kind of radiation so it is reassuring to know that the radiation it does let off is not harmful. Also the studies that were done that showed any kind of cancer related issues were some of the weaker case control studies that have been done. The proven Interphone study stated that cell phone users have no increased risk of developing the two most types of brain cancers, glioma and meningioma. I thought he made a good point when he compared cell phones and cars. He said that if people were trying to ban cell phones for potentially causing cancer, then why weren’t people trying to ban automobiles since it is one of the leading causes of death for children. My dad’s friends son could be an odd case where the cell phone did lead to his brain cancer, but this video really made me think about how it could have been caused my other factors since cell phones leading to cancer is such a rare, almost nonexistent thing.

  7. Lindsay Webster on January 15, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    "the plural of anecdotes is not data" love it!

  8. Teagan P on January 15, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    What about cancer in the reproductive organs, from keeping a cell phone in a front pocket?

  9. innovation HQ on January 15, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    The facts are in!
    This channel is a load of bullshit and you should not trust any of the crap they spew out!

  10. Tony Savage on January 15, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Again you are such a liar, one day you will be standing in front of your maker and will have to give account for all your lies that come pouring out of your mouth.

  11. Riccardo1982 on January 15, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    It is reassuring that most of people thumbed down this load of disinformation…

  12. Anaximander of Miletus on January 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    This dude is straight from the bureau or CIA. Classic misinformation op. Terrible arguments.

  13. peanut12345 on January 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Church of Medicine needs more penance so use more 4g_5g , so the St God Hospital can "treat" you cancer, Bless You

  14. Andrius Simonavitchious on January 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    So no

  15. meredith rousse on January 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    In this video about your cell phone not giving you cancer, Dr. Carroll studies all the different statistics and disproving this theory. He goes on to say that the radiation from your cell is non-ionizing. I agree with him when he say that these are different from the ionizing rays such as cosmic rays, or X-rays that DNA changes and cause cancer. There is no evidence that cell phones do cause cancer. One of the main points that stick out to me in this article that i believe is a good argument is that wifi and bluetooth are also non-ioinizing radiators yet those two things are not said to cause cancer… He says that a lot of these studies showing that cell phone cause cancer are case studies which are the weakest types of studies done. You can not prove causation with this study. After watching this video, i agree with Dr. Carroll when he says your cell phone will not give you cancer.

  16. John ROB on January 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    This is bull, check out the new proof, They did a study with plants and seeds , and the ones that were near a cell phone did not grow!!

  17. Jennifer Winchell on January 15, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    I’m actually really glad I watched this video because I have been previously told that using my cell phone can give me cancer. I am always on my phone, whether it’s social media or looking up homework. This video just gave me closure and explained what I thought I already knew. Using a cell phone does not increase the risk of a brain tumor, which is why so many people still continue to use them.

  18. What a Buffoon on January 15, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    why was the cellphone panic about brain cancer and not skin cancer on the ear or hands

  19. GoodEyesight3000 on January 15, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    This video is very poorly researched.
    1. Non-ioning radiation has killed many people and has been proven to cause cancer.
    2. The first study done to check cell phone safety was conducted by Dr D Carlo with $28 million dollar funding from the cell phone industry. He says evidence is not conclusive but some studies are worrying. He does say that cell phone radiation will cause cell death via apotosis and that the biggest danger (and what most people dont know) is that cell phones also transmit ELF radiation. So all the birth defects, cataracts and cancer farm animals get from standing underneath overhead power lines will apply to people usign cellphones and wifi.

    i know people who have a wifi router on their work desk and have a phone on them all day. They have cataracts. The tumours wont be obvious until they cant walk or talk and then the doctor diagnosises it. The risk is not worth it.

  20. jquest43 on January 15, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Yes they are!

  21. Richie Godsil on January 15, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Well, cell phones may be off the hook, but I’m positive WiFi gives you super-cancer. I saw it on the interwebs so it must be true lol

  22. pax und peace on January 15, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Original article
    Mobile phone use and brain tumours in the CERENAT case-control study

  23. harshbarj on January 15, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Actually I’d be fine with banning cars. I get around by walking or riding a bicycle. Cars are just a danger that I don’t see providing any good.

  24. Peter Attia on January 15, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Sun can also give You a cancer. It’s basically electromagnetic radiation like with cellphones… So, lock inside Your home and cover Your windows.

  25. Anna Kaiser on January 15, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    The idea that your cell phone will give you cancer is by far one of the most popular things I hear in today’s world regarding the use of cell phones in daily life. Whether it be talking on the phone for hours and hours every day, keeping your phone in the pocket of your jeans, or sleeping with your phone laying on your bed. Everyone’s number one concern seems to be based on the idea that the radiation given off by the phone will cause a higher risk of cancer. But is this really something we should be concerned with? Like the video stated, the WHO statement did not say that there was a clear link between cell phones and cancer, it simply stated that there was a clear link and that more research would need to be done to test this theory. So does that mean that all of us should be panicking and throwing our cell phones out of the nearest window to lower our risk of cancer? Unless you’re going for dramatic effect I definitely wouldn’t suggest doing that. I love how the video used the example of car accidents being the leading killer of children and how, even though we know this statistic we still continue to drive because no one would forgo their car. The same can be said about cell phones in today’s society where they have become such an important part of our everyday life. Cell phones have become such a popular item in today’s world that it would be nearly impossible for us to just stop using them cold turkey. From using them to stay in near constant contact with our friends and family, to being our “one stop shop” for everything from the weather to the latest score in our favorite sport, we rely on our cell phones for almost everything we do. I think one of the most important things that we can do when it comes to this topic is continue researching the link between cell phones and cancer and see if there is actually a significant link. Then if there is found to be a solid link between cancer and the use of cell phones continue our research to try to find ways to lower the risk of cancer.

  26. Li Aurrecoechea on January 15, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    More children die in car crashes than anything else is because they’re dumbasses and don’t wear seatbelts and not just that but they fucking jump in the back/front

  27. Geoff Rey on January 15, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    we still don’t know the long term affects of cell phone radiation, so your debate attempting to debunk the possible side affect of cell phones is sheer ignorance.

  28. John Wilkins on January 15, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t know why anybody worries about this I these non ionized waves don’t affect us why are people freaking out, plus shouldn’t people be more afraid of Wi-Fi since its every where if it transmits the same waves as a cell phone. Plus any scientific study is still unsure whether cell phones still cause cancer and yet people still don’t give up there phones to reduce this risk.  isn’t it possible that brain tumors could be from our parents genes and we could have gotten it passed down, giving us a high risk of having a brain tumor. Also if this is the reason we get brain tumors then what was the reason back then when we didn’t have cell phones, that the land line gave us cancer?

  29. ratamacue0 on January 15, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    Why would brain tumors be the best indicator? My phone spends a lot more time in my pocket than it does next to my head.

  30. janglestick on January 15, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    new data shows this for the regurgitated lies that it is

  31. Dylan Guynn on January 15, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    I’m going back and re watching this. I’m not disputing the data, I’m just curious why you chose to focus on brain tumors when the majority of the time phones are in people’s hands or in there pockets?

  32. 𝐇𝐲𝖇𝐫𝖊𝐝 ✪ on January 15, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    There has been test done, where they monitor your brain before using a cellphone then 15 minutes after using a cellphone and it shows that just 15 minutes of cell phone use makes drastic changes in your brain, caused by EMT, after 15 minutes of use or more you’re not as sharp has you were before. Is this permanent though? No your brain will revert back to normal but very long uses or repeatedly using your phone above 15 minutes will obviously not be healthy for you, I’m so glad your not my doctor

  33. Brittny King on January 15, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    It seems as though the smallest correlation between anything and cancer automatically means that it causes cancer. It’s like saying cell phones cause skin cancer, because a lot cell phone users go to the tanner or don’t use sunscreen (not saying that the do, just an example). Correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation.

  34. begotten59 on January 15, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    I’m GBM survivor 15 years, using the cellphone near my ears for 10-11 years of brain cancer. Your location USA. Watch,

  35. Steve Smith on January 15, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    How much are the telecommunications companies paying you to make this propaganda?

  36. Ebenezer Kalarama on January 15, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    That SEER data chart in your link is interesting.

  37. changeisnowpeople on January 15, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    so I am expecting a video on "long term exposure to cell phones n radio waves"

  38. Monica Smith on January 15, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    I have heard that cell phones will give you cancer, but I never really knew the facts. I doubted that it was true, but out of curiosity I decided to give this video a chance. The fact that the radiation from cell phones is non-ionizing is exactly what I expected. There is no evidence that cell phones cause cancer, so I do not understand why so many people are panicking. I loved the portion of this video where it talked about not being able to prove causation in some of the studies. I often think people get causation and correlation confused. Things can be correlated, but that does not mean one caused the other.

  39. jquest43 on January 15, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    1 out of 2 people have cancer. 10 years ago it was 1 out of 20.
    Of course cell phones cause cancer!

  40. Ash on January 15, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    People put a huge spotlight on any issue they can to make a debate over it, especially for this topic where there is little proof cell phones cause harm in the form of cancer. People are not going to stop using cell phones whether cell phones cause cancer or not. Cell phones are too much of a necessity and there’s nothing better to replace cell phones with for communication. People buy cigarettes knowing they can get cancer from them. People go tanning knowing they can possibly get cancer. You can do nothing wrong and still get cancer. So especially since there’s not much research or evidence of cell phones causing cancer, people will not stop using cell phones ever. Technology has come too far and that’s what people are use to now. As soon as a new phone comes out, it’s always a race to get it. People depend on cell phones to be safe. I was told that it isn’t good to sleep near your cell phone. The radiation emitted can affect your brain and eventually give you cancer. I don’t think this is true but if people were that worried about the radiation they could move their phones to the other side of the room while they sleep. It will reduce the amount of time you are on your phone throughout the night, and when your alarm goes off in the morning, you will get up quicker in the morning to start your day because it’s just a reflex to turn your alarm off when it sounds. I liked the point he used saying the number one killer among children is car accidents yet no one thinks we should ban cars. The benefits of getting somewhere in a timely manner outweighs the risks of a potential harm. Same way with cell phones. If there was even the smallest association between cell phones and cancer, it wouldn’t be enough for people to forego their phones. There’s too many benefits for this one harm that is possibly not even legitimate. There just needs to be more research.

  41. TJ Presents on January 15, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    I hope this is true because I sleep with my phone I’m my bed a lot while its charging. because I fall asleep

  42. Jordyn D on January 15, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    I am not sure what to think about cell phones causing cancer. Like he said in the video is it does give off some radiation but the radiation it gives off it not harmful. There is no evidence that shows that cell phones give of bad radiation and cause cancer. In today’s age, with all of the new technology we have so many tools to figure out if cell phones were actually causing cancer and I think if it was really that big then it would be researched more than it is.

  43. Kendall Stainton on January 15, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    I always thought there was a risk due to the fact cellphones gave off radiation, there was a possible link between cell phones and cancer, and no different than us using microwaves. But this is good news, considering cell phones are used widely, and are our main source of communication. I also agreed with the analogy with the children and cars. I feel as if even if it were dangerous, we could more than likely continue to use them, I mean a lot of people if not all of us take form in some sort of habit we know is not good for us. But as well, I do wish there were more evidence in a way, and stating more on why people do still think that cell phones cause cancer. But this is a relief.

  44. Taylor Lange on January 15, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Immediately when I saw the title of this video I was intrigued and wanted to watch it. Many times, from many different people I have been told not to stay on my phone for too long or keep it close to my face because I could get cancer. When I saw the title that said your cell phone won’t give you cancer I wanted to know if I had been told a lie when I was younger just to stay off my phone. It was interesting to learn that indeed, cell phones won’t give you cancer. I always thought there was a link between a cell phone and cancer and standing too close to your microwave and cancer. The presenter in this video proves this statement with many different facts involving cell phones. He stated that the radiation from cell phones is non-ionizing, which is different form ionizing radiation, like that of x-rays, and cosmic rays. Healthcare Triage tells us that those things lead to DNA changes and cause cancer, but that there is no evidence that non-ionizing radiation does. The studies that he described to prove that there is no correlation between cell phones and cancer were very interesting to me. I really liked when he said that the biggest killer of children in the United States is car accidents, yet no one thinks that we should ban cars in order to reduce that to zero. I also really agreed with him when he said that even if there was a small association between brain tumors and cell phones, few would likely forgo their cell phone to eliminate it completely. Our society is so obsessed with technology that I highly doubt they would give something many claim they “can’t live without” because of a possibility to get cancer when many studies prove that it doesn’t. It was very interesting to listen to this video because it changed my knowledge of what I had been told and just chose to believe without any supporting evidence.

  45. azariah melynn on January 15, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    *some*are just trying to end the human specieS

  46. L on January 15, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks this was the reassurance I needed

  47. Fang-Yin Lim on January 15, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Visible light is also a type of non-ionizing radiation. Using that example should put many argument to rest.

  48. pingui843 on January 15, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    I woke up with my phone on my back because I was very tired, then when I woke up I remember hearing that it gives you cancer so now I’m scared.

  49. Brian Hutzell on January 15, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    What? Pickled phones lead to cell coffee? I may have heard wrong…trying to multitask.

  50. pax und peace on January 15, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    You should keep in mind. Streets in the US and many other countrys aren’t really safe for pedestrians and cyclist or other road users like bikers too.

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