|Health Effects Of Mobile Phones|
There is currently no direct evidence of a link between mobile phone use and cancer. There is some evidence that people exposed occupationally to high levels of radiofrequency energy from other sources may have an increased risk of leukaemia and brain tumours. ‘People should not be concerned that increasing rates of brain tumours that are now being observed worldwide are linked to mobile phone use’, said Dr Bruce Armstrong (Chairman of the group of experts and Director of the Cancer Control Information Centre, Sydney, Australia). ‘These increases, which are most marked in people over 60 years of age, generally began before mobile phones became widely used. Even now, people in this age group are very infrequent users of mobile phones. In fact, we presently have no evidence that mobile phones use is linked to brain tumours. If it is, the risk for an individual user is likely to be very small.’
The feasibility study was prompted by public concern because of the
growing use of mobile phones. If a risk exists, at the individual
level it is likely to be small; it is, however, important for public health
reasons that it be studied.
This article is excerpted from Radiological Protection Bulletin No: 207, Nov 1998.