Skip to main content

Mobile Phones Cause No Ill Health Effects

A new report issued by the Health Protection Agency's independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation, AGNIR, has concluded that fears regarding mobile phones affecting human health are unfounded. At least up to a point, anyway.

Citing a substantial amount of research, the study's conclusion is that there is "no convincing evidence" that exposure to radio waves from mobiles, or other wireless devices, causes harm to adults - or indeed children.

The research notes that the large number of studies which have now been published pertaining to mobiles potentially causing cancer have, taking an overview, failed to draw a correlation between mobile use and brain tumours (or other types of cancer).

However, the report authors did note a couple of caveats, namely that they were looking at RF field exposure "below guideline levels", and also that due to mobile technology being new, there was little data available on the risks beyond 15 year's worth of phone usage.

There has been limited research on potential long-term effects, and again that hasn't provided any compelling evidence of adverse health effects.

Professor Anthony Swerdlow, Chairman of the AGNIR, concluded: "There are still limitations to the published research that preclude a definitive judgment, but the evidence overall has not demonstrated any adverse effects on human health from exposure to radiofrequency fields below internationally accepted guideline levels."

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.