14 Household Rules: True or False?
Rule: Standing in Front of a Microwave Oven While It’s Operating Can Give You Cancer
False…probably. Despite a few studies suggesting possible cause for concern, according to a Food and Drug Administration spokesperson, “there are no established adverse health effects, including cancer, from using or standing in front of a standard microwave oven.” The nonionizing radiation that ovens use to change the chemical structure of food is different from the ionizing radiation that causes cells in the body to mutate. Research is ongoing, though, so to be safe, the FDA advises, don’t stand directly in front of a microwave “for long periods of time” while it’s working. If you’re standing there watching last night’s kung pao chicken reheat, you’re much more likely to die of boredom.