The use of cell phone and insight into its potential human health impacts

Environ Monit Assess. 2016 Apr;188(4):221. doi: 10.1007/s10661-016-5227-1. Epub 2016 Mar 10.


The rapid evolution of mobile phone technology has raised public concern about its possible association with adverse health effects. Given the huge number of mobile phone users at present days, even simple adverse health effects could have major implications. This article reviews the present knowledge concerning the health effects stemming from the use of cellular phones by emphasizing adverse biological effects, epidemiological issues, and indirect health effects. A line of epidemiological evidence suggests that there is no concrete association between mobile phone radiation and cancer. The evidence regarding the occurrence of cancer due to exposure to the radio frequency energy of mobile phones is nonetheless conflicting. Consequently, long-term research in this field is necessary to account for the vital issue of this scientific research to the public in a meaningful way.

Keywords: Cancer; Health effects; Mobile phones; Radio frequency energy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Phone / statistics & numerical data*
  • Environmental Exposure / statistics & numerical data*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Radio Waves*