Mobile tower radiation causes memory loss, cancer: Experts
Cell phone towers do connect people but, according to experts cause memory loss and even cancer.
The towers provide connectivity and, therefore, are required at various locations. With the incentives ranging from handsome rent and employment to a family member, the people readily offer their space for installation of a tower. At some places especially in city and other towns of Jammu and Kashmir, towers are installed on the roof of a residential house. “This is dangerous for the inmates and also for the neighbours,” the experts said.
The department of telecommunication (DoT) came out with revised guidelines for installation of mobile towers in September 2012.
The measures laid down DoT must be necessarily followed to make the radiation emanating from the towers less lethal, the experts said.
They have warned against installation of base station antennas within the premises of schools and hospitals because children and patients are more susceptible to electromagnetic radiations.
Installation of base station antennas in narrow lanes also needs to be avoided to reduce the risk caused by earthquake or wind related disaster.
According to them, the base station antennas should be at least 3 meters away from nearby buildings and antennas should not directly face a building.
“The lower end of the antenna should be at least 3 meters above the ground or roof,” they suggest.
The radiation, according to a noted physician, can cause cancer. He said the people need to be educated about hazards of the cellular towers.
Pertinent to mention, studies conducted over the last few years have found a wide variety of bio-effects, including permanent DNA damage.
The radiation can affect DNA, metabolism, hormones and trigger headaches, memory loss, birth defects and heart complications.
“Nowadays mostly people complaint of headaches and memory loss. It is all because of the mobile tower on roof and in the vicinity”, a doctor said.
Noted medico, Dr Riyaz Ahmad Daga said the people who live near a tower or have towers on their roofs, are exposed to radiations 24/7. “Such people may face memory complications”, he said.