Electromagnetic fields and public health: mobile phones

The World Health Organization has issued an updated Fact sheet No. 193 (May 2010) Electromagnetic fields and public health: mobile phones.

View fact sheet No.193 here

The Key Facts are:

  • Mobile phone use is ubiquitous with an estimated 4.6 billion subscriptions globally. 
  • To date, no adverse health effects have been established for mobile phone use. 
  • Studies are ongoing to assess potential long-term effects of mobile phone use. 
  • There is an increased risk of road traffic injuries when drivers use mobile phones (either handheld or "hands-free") while driving.

In regard to INTERPHONE the WHO’s fact sheet says:

'A retrospective case-control study on adults, INTERPHONE, coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), was designed to determine whether there are links between use of mobile phones and head and neck cancers in adults. The international pooled analysis of data gathered from 13 participating countries found no increased risk of glioma or meningioma with mobile phone use of more than 10 years. There are some indications of an increased risk of glioma for those who reported the highest 10% of cumulative hours of cell phone use, although there was no consistent trend of increasing risk with greater duration of use. Researchers concluded that biases and errors limit the strength of these conclusions and prevent a causal interpretation.'

18 May 2010