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Electric Blankets Cause Cancer
Myth.: I have nothing to add to the fine answer already given, but since some on this site are saying electric fields apparently can do anything to anybody and can cause every ill known to man. I feel I have to weigh in on with sanity. With cigarettes, there was an epidemic of a formerly rare cancer (lung). With cell phones, brain cancer didn't change. Risk is approaching zero. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can sleeping with electric blanket on throughout the night cause childhood leukemia, breast cancer, or other cancers?
No: Interesting question, but no evidence that heat influences the origin of these disorders. ...Read more
Possibly: A tumor that is pinching a nerve can sometimes cause shooting electricity like pains in the part of the body near that nerve. People can get this kind of pain from many other non-cancerous causes as well. Pain like this that last for a long time should be check out by a doc, especially in a person who has had cancer in the past. ...Read more
No: While even chronic use of thermal blankets have not been associated with cancer, chronic exposure to marked heat such as what tibetan monks have used in small coal pots applied to the abdomen to keep them warm. They freaquently develop ulcerating squamous cell cancers on the abdominal wall where the heat was applied. ...Read more
???? and yes: Cigars definitely increase your risk of lung cancer (maybe a bit less than cigarettes) in addition to head and neck cancers and other cancers associated with tobacco. Please don't use tobacco products. Electric cigarettes? I frankly don't know of any data on it. Maybe one of my smarter health tap colleagues knows the answer. ...Read more
Who knows ? : ? about the effect of electric blankets on physiological function. Unfortunately, there is good science that low power vibrating electromagnetic waves can be causal of tissue injury and behavioral disorders. Pending further data, electric blankets are not to be advised. Similarly, avoid synthetics and stay with cotton and wool. Your electromagnetic body field will be grateful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Hi. No it doesn't. But sleeping under one ALONE does! ...Read more
Are heating blankets safe? Are there any health concerns related to the use of electric heating blankets and heating pads?
Generally Yes: They are generally safe. However, you need to take a couple of precautions. First, if they do not have a timer, you have to be vigilant about turning them off, as you do not want to start a fire. And, as to heating pads, you need to make sure that you do not lie on the heating element directly, as they can deliver at least 2nd degree burns. ...Read more
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