Mobile phone safety
Around 93% of adults in the UK own or use a mobile phone, and they're an essential part of many people's lives. There have been concernsthat the radio waves they produce and receive might be unsafe.
These radio wavesare a type of low-energy, non-ionising electromagnetic Radiation aclass of radiation that also includes visible light, ultraviolet (UV), and infrared radiation.
Concerns have been expressed that prolonged or frequent exposure to radio waves might increase a person's risk of health problems such as cancer .
However, most current research suggests it's unlikely that radio waves from mobile phones or base stations increase the risk of any health problems.
The researchers acknowledge this evidence is based on use of mobile phones over the last 20 years, and there's still some uncertainty about possible health effects from using a phone for longer than this.
This includes research by:
However, further research is still needed to check that there are no health impacts from long-term exposures (using a mobile phone for more than 20 years).
It can increase your changes of having an accident, and it's illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving or riding a motorbike.
The Department for Transport recommends the following guidelines for the safe use of mobile phones in cars:
There have been some safety concerns about the potential effects of the radio waves that mobile phones and base stations produce.
Research suggests it is unlikely mobile phones or base stations increase the risk of health problems, although there is greater uncertainty about long-term use.
Frequently asked questions about mobile phone safety.