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‘Cell phones not a health hazard’

world Updated: Sep 19, 2012 02:18 IST

Cell phones may not pose any threat to you as there is no evidence that mobiles cause adverse health effects, a Norwegian study has claimed.

The Norwegian Expert Committee found no evidence that the low-level fields around mobile phones and other transmitters increase the risk of cancer, impair male fertility or lead to other diseases.

The committee also found no evidence that cell phones can lead to adverse health effects, such as changes to the endocrine and immune systems.

The effect on slow-growing tumours has been studied in people who have used mobile phones for up to 20 years.


Only limited data exists for the other types of cancer in the head and neck area, as well as for leukaemia and lymphoma, but so far there is no evidence of an increased risk from mobile phone use, the report said.

“Research provides no evidence to support that interventions help, such as reducing the use of mobile phones or wireless networks,” said researcher Jan Alexander.

The committee assessed the health hazards from low-level electromagnetic fields generated by radio transmitters.