Myth: The radiation from microwaves causes cancer.
No. Using microwave ovens does not cause cancer because microwaves cannot make food radioactive.
It’s important that we all exercise caution around exposure to toxins and known carcinogens in our environment, but it’s also important that we keep complicated information/issues from being misinterpreted and spread as frightening rumours.
According to the American Cancer Society, microwaves are absorbed by the water molecules inside food, which causes them to vibrate and produce heat. However, microwave ovens don’t use x-rays or gamma rays – which would actually be harmful to humans. When used properly with the door closed, the microwaves are contained inside the microwave oven.