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Are Cell Phones Safe? Questions & Answers

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Expert Urges Limited Use; Get Answers to Questions About Cell Phone Safety

What does the research say? continued...

A 2006 Danish study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed no link between brain tumors and cell phone use among people who had had cell phones for up to 21 years.

Not all cell phone research has been related to cancer.

In May 2008, a study published online in Epidemiology showed a statistical association between cell phone use during pregnancy and increased risk of children's behavior problems. That study did not prove that cell phones were to blame.

And in September 2007, researchers in India reported that longtime cell phone users who talk more than an hour a day may be more likely to have high-frequency hearing loss.

There is one safety risk that is established -- you shouldn't talk on your cell phone while driving, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What additional research is needed?

A report issued by the National Research Council in January 2008 called for further research on topics including studies of children and pregnant women. The council drafted that report after the FDA asked for a wish list of research topics related to wireless communication safety.

Does the FDA test cell phone safety?

No. The FDA doesn't review the safety of radiation-emitting consumer products, such as wireless phones, before they can be sold. But the FDA has the authority to take action if wireless phones are shown to emit radiofrequency at levels that are dangerous to users.

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