MLA Citation: Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 998"
How Everything Works 16 Jan 2018. 16 Jan 2018 <>.
998. Is it true that microwaves cause cancer?
I think that it's very unlikely that microwaves cause cancer. Microwaves are not ionizing radiation—they don't directly damage chemical bonds. Instead, they heat materials, particularly those containing water. As a result, they may cause damage to proteins in the same way that cooking damages proteins (and hardens egg protein, for example). But while such protein damage can easily cause cell death, I wouldn't expect it to cause the genetic damage associated with cancer.

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