Can 5G Cause Cancer And Other Health Issues?

5G, technology, health, lifestyle

Every time a new technology is launched, questions are raised about its safety and health risks. Telecommunications technologies have witnessed significantcriticism from skeptics over the years and we have seen it with 2G, 3G and 4G. The usual arguments are that humans have not been exposed to such type of radiation before and some studies have potentially linked radiation exposure to certain types of cancer. Skeptics also point out to the “possibly cancerous” tag given to Wi-Fi by the World Health Organization (WHO). Now that 5G is set to transform the world like never before, we are again hearing several arguments against it. Some people are even claiming that the deadly coronavirus is a result of 5G network. 


So, are these arguments true? Can 5G really cause cancer and create other health risks? Well, probably not because some of the world’s leading organizations have found 5G to be safe for humans. 5G rollout is still at a nascent stage around the globe, but things are expected to speed up in the coming years. 5G can forevertransform the way we live and interact, as it enables data transfer rates of up to 100 gbps. 5G will also accelerate Internet of Things (IoT) implementations, whichwill be hugely beneficial for self-driving cars, remote healthcare, internet connected smart devices, etc. Here’s a good article on the current status of 5G globally, when will be 5G launched in India and the various benefits of 5G. Click here to read more.



The science behind 5G and why it is not harmful

Instead of looking at individual research studies that may not reveal the true picture, skeptics need to analyze the science that powers 5G. Here are some science-based facts, which show that 5G is safe when used in normal conditions.


Non-ionizing radiation: 5G is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which comprises gamma radiation, x-ray, ultraviolet light, visible light, infrared radiation, microwave, and radio waves. 5G comes in the non-ionizing band, which means that its radiation does not affect chemical bonds in our cells. In comparison, radiation like gamma rays, x-ray and ultraviolet radiation are ionizing radiation that can damage our cells. This is why Lead (Pb) based materials are used when taking x-rays at hospitals. People working close to nuclear reactors also use Lead shielding to protect themselves from ionizing gamma rays. In comparison, 5G is non-ionizing and does not require any protection. 


Weak radiation: Standing close to a 5G tower (less than 10 meters) can lead to significant exposure to radiation.But this is unlikely to happen for end-users. For people using 5G devices, the quantum of exposure will be hundreds of times less than the maximum capacity of the 5G tower. As a result, the radiation will be too weak to cause any damage to humans. Radiation levels in 5G devices have already been tested and these are within the safe limits mandated by world’s leading research institutes. Telecom staff that work close to telecom towers follow mandated guidelines and use special tools and equipment to prevent exposure to radiation. 


Explanation for WHO’s “possibly cancerous” tag: WHO’s “possibly cancerous” tag for Wi-Fi has been largely misinterpreted by a section of experts. The truth is that “possibly cancerous” tag is the lowestrating that can be given to such technologies. There is no option for a “no risk” tag, which is why some people manipulate the “possibly cancerous” tag to spread fear about 5G. “Possibly cancerous” is the lowest risk factor that can be attributed to a substance or technology, something that would also apply to things like tea, coffee and vaccines. This is why there is no need to be afraid of 5G.


Some of the world’s leading scientific organizations have already classified 5G as safe for humans, animals and the environment. For example, the International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) said that there’s no proof that 5G creates health risks for humans.So, if you are worried about using 5G, just ignore the conspiracy theories. 5G is safe and it will play a key role in creating a better world for all of us.



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    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    I heard about this, but im not sure whether its true or not, 5G is a future technology and its a worlds race, where everyone wants to be on top.
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  4. Amrit Kaur

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Technology is increasing but is our world ready for it? I think we should stay away from harmful radiations as they harm body and nature.

  5. Paresh Godhwani

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    We have seen the second parta of Robot that how harmful are these radiations coming out of towers and wifi boxes. Apart from that, there is a problem in India that rumours follow anything which is newly launched or to be launched. Thank you for sharing this information

  6. shubhadabhide

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Very insightful! This topic is really quite hot and good to read this perspective here…Debunks lots of myths.

  7. Papri Ganguly

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Yes 5G technology not only harms our health but also damages other living beings like birds and animals.

  8. Mrinal Kiran

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    I have been hearing so many negative things about 5G technology… I am glad I came across your post! This clears my doubts.

  9. KhushbooW

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    That's a very helpful and informative post. You covered all the major points. Emergence of 5g is much awaited.

  10. Dr Bushra Allaboutthewoman

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Yes there are many rumours about 5g technology. This post clear many doubts and gives clear idea how our lives will be transform with this innovation

  11. jhilmildsaha

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    I was absolutely oblivious about the emergence of 5g. Its good to know that it does not have a high chance if health hazard.

  12. Jenifer

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Thanks for clearing out the doubts.
    Although, I didn’t had any issue but yeah after reading the post, am satisfied that 5G is safe.

  13. freemindtree

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Thinking about 5G is actually giving a way to a new technology and this always has many apprehensions at first but I hope when it rolled out it will n best interest of people.

  14. mommy_insight

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    I have heard that 5G is the main reason for the coronavirus outburst,I am fully aware of that it has been rolled out by WHO, but I want a in depth block post and thank you for this it

  15. Siddhi Palande aka book_gobbler

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    This was important. We all have faced multiple issues bcz of mobile tower radiations so far and as we step into 5g this concern increases. This post clarifies my doubts.

  16. Neha

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    we have been hearing about cell phones and the link to cancer, but I never found any conclusive evidence. Your post is pretty informative and sheds some light on 5G and the tags associated with it.

  17. Sandy N Vyay

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    You have shared some interesting information about 5 G. Especially the information about the, "possibly cancerous", tag is a myth buster.

  18. pooja budhiraja

    June 8, 2020 at 5:08 am

    omg I was not aware about 5G facts. Technology has its own pros & cons.

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