Mobile telephones and base stations Mobile telephones and base stations
Mobile telephones and base stations

No evidence of health hazards

No evidence of health hazards

The mechanisms based on the warming up of tissue are well-known and scientifically verified. The warming effect in the tissue caused by mobile phones is so insignificant that it causes no health hazards. Various theories have been offered according to which radio frequency radiation has other negative effects not attributable to excessive warming. However, such theories have not been verified by scientifically valid research reports. Insofar as other negative effects exist, they are caused by as yet unknown mechanisms.

Thousands of research reports exist on the health effects of radio frequency radiation. Independent expert forums such as SCENIHR (Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks), operating under the European Commission, WHO (World Health Organisation) and ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) have published extensive literature surveys on the health effects of radiation. The conclusions of such surveys can be summarized in the statement that any exposure falling below the current exposure limits has no verified health effects.

However, additional research is required on exposure that approaches the limits before final conclusions can be drawn. Exposure to this kind of radiation occurs practically only when people talk on their mobile phones. The most significant gap in the information related to mobile phones is the fact that no data exist on the health effects of mobile phone use that today spans more than 15 years. Because of this, an increase in the number of slowly developing cancer forms, for example, is not yet detectable in statistics.

In 2011, IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) classified radio frequency radiation from mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). This classification is based on research on mobile phone use (including Interphone). According to IARC, limited evidence exists of a causal relationship between two types of brain tumor (glioma and vestibular schwannoma) and mobile phone use. With regard to a connection between other types of exposure (including background fields generated by base stations) and other forms of cancer, IACR has found no evidence of a cancer risk.

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