Does your mobile phone really cause cancer? Part I: who says no

June 16, 2009 by  
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mob-phoneThis is a topic that has been bugging us for years now and still the answer is not clear. Now that the number of mobile phones worldwide has reached billions, it is about time that we revisit the issue of the possible link between mobile telephony and health problems. This month, I will be writing a series of posts on the health effects of mobile phones and the latest research results.

Specifically, I summarize below the latest update on the link between mobile phone and cancer.

As a background intro let us recap of what we know about electromagnetic fields (EMF). There are two types of EMF, namely:

  • extremely low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF) which is emitted by electronic appliances and power lines and
  • radiofrequency (RF) radiation which is emitted by wireless devices such as mobile and cordless phones, and their base stations.

In this post, I will be reviewing studies and opinions as to whether RF radiation is causing cancer.

In 1990s, in order to address increasing concerns over the use of mobile telephony, several research studies were conducted to investigate how RF radiation exposure affects our health. Specifically, the studies investigated the link between mobile phone use and the incidence of brain tumors such as glioma, meningioma, acoustic neuroma and cancer of the parotid gland.

These studies were mostly part of the global INTERPHONE studies conducted by different countries which included Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. The INTERPHONE studies were funded by international and governmental agencies but also received financial support from the telecoms industry, e.g. the GSM Association (GSMA) and the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF).

What the research studies say

What the health authorities say

In my next post, I will be presenting what the other side has to say, e.g. who says that mobile phone use can cause cancer.

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4 Responses to “Does your mobile phone really cause cancer? Part I: who says no”
  1. Raquel says:


    I will do my best!

  2. Dear Raquel

    It is very naughty of you not to mention the issue of latency in this article. Not all readers will view part II where I hope it will be addressed in full.

    Bruce Alexander

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