Apple headphone CANCER warning amid fears of radiation levels in bluetooth AirPods

FEAR: Scientists say there is a potential cancer risk (Pic: GETTY)

Around 250 experts have signed a United Nations and World Health Organisation petition warning about the popular devices.

An estimated 28million Apple AirPods have been sold along with many Samsung Galaxy Buds which use Bluetooth technology – a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiowave that can transmit data.

They are selling quickly as consumers don’t have to deal with tangled leads.

There is a fear, though, that with the radiowaves passing so close to the inner skull that it could be a cancer risk.

University of Colorado professor Jerry Phillips told Medium: “My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation.”

He is among the scientists to have signed the petition that highlights the potential for cancer, neurological disorders and DNA damage.

It read: “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 petition adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has said that EMF is “possibly carcinogenic”.

POPULAR: The new Bluetooth headphones have sold in large numbers (Pic: GETTY)

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.

There is no conclusive evidence on the effects of EMF.

University of Pennsylvania, Kenneth Foster, believes that wireless headphones do not provide a risk based on current evidence.

INCONCLUSIVE: Some scientists say there is no evidence to prove cancer risk (Pic: GETTY)

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.

“By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent international public health agency.”

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

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