Risk of brain tumors from wireless phone use

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Nov-Dec 2010;34(6):799-807. doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3181ed9b54.


The debate regarding the health effects of low-intensity electromagnetic radiation from sources such as power lines, base stations, and cell phones has recently been reignited. Wireless communication has dramatically influenced our lifestyle; its impact on human health has not been completely assessed. Widespread concern continues in the community about the deleterious effects of radiofrequency radiations on human tissues and the subsequent potential threat of carcinogenesis. Exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic field has been linked to a variety of adverse health outcomes. This article surveys the results of early cell phone studies, where exposure duration was too short to expect tumor genesis, and 2 sets of more recent studies with longer exposure duration: the Interphone studies and the Swedish studies led by Hardell.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Retracted Publication

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Glioma / etiology
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / etiology*
  • Neuroma, Acoustic / etiology
  • Risk Factors