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Communication of risk: health hazards from mobile phones

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Possible health hazards from mobile phones arise from the use of the phones themselves and via the base stations that relay signals. Except for an increase in traffic accidents induced by the use of mobile phones in cars the evidence for a health hazard is at most indirect, but it cannot be entirely dismissed; the phones have not been widely used for sufficiently long for direct epidemiological studies to have high sensitivity for detecting any induced incidence of cancer, for example. The background and evidence are briefly reviewed and the steps taken in the UK to make information widely available described.

Keywords: Athermal effects; Electromagnetic field; Epidemiology; National Radiological Protection Board; Precautionary principle; Thermal effects; Traffic accidents

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Nuffield College, Oxford, UK

Publication date: 2003-06-01

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