Are microwave ovens dangerous?

August 16, 2017 20:10

Microwave ovens heat and cook food using microwaves, which are non-ionizing waves like radiowaves.

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Microwave. (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

A number of years ago, a friend advised me to cover food being cooked or warmed in the microwave oven and to place a cup of water inside after use to absorb harmful waves. More recently, I read an article stating that using a microwave oven can trigger the development of cancer cells. If there is any truth in the latter, are my precautions sufficient?
M.Z.S., Jerusalem

Prof. Siegal Sadetzki, director of the information center and director of the cancer epidemiology and radiation unit at the Gertner Institute, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, answers:


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