Use of mobile phones and cancer risk

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2012;13(1):403-6. doi: 10.7314/apjcp.2012.13.1.403.


Mobile phones work by transmitting and receiving radio frequency microwave radiation. The radio frequency (RF) emitted by mobile phones is stronger than FM radio signal which are known to cause cancer. Though research and evidence available on the risk of cancer by mobile phones does not provide a clear and direct support that mobile phones cause cancers. Evidence does not also support an association between exposure to radio frequency and microwave radiation from mobile phones and direct effects on health. It is however clear that lack of available evidence of cancer as regards the use of mobile phone should not be interpreted as proof of absence of cancer risk, so that excessive use of mobile phones should be taken very seriously and with caution to prevent cancer.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Phone / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / etiology*
  • Prognosis
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects*
  • Risk Assessment