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Public health implications of wireless technologies


Cindy Sagea, Corresponding Author Contact Information, E-mail The Corresponding Author and David O. Carpenterb

aSage Associates, 1396 Danielson Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, USA

bInstitute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany, Rensselaer, NY, USA

Received 18 January 2008; 

accepted 30 January 2009. 

Available online 14 March 2009.


Global exposures to emerging wireless technologies from applications including mobile phones, cordless phones, DECT phones, WI-FI, WLAN, WiMAX, wireless internet, baby monitors, and others may present serious public health consequences. Evidence supporting a public health risk is documented in the BioInitiative Report. New, biologically based public exposure standards for chronic exposure to low-intensity exposures are warranted. Existing safety standards are obsolete because they are based solely on thermal effects from acute exposures. The rapidly expanding development of new wireless technologies and the long latency for the development of such serious diseases as brain cancers means that failure to take immediate action to reduce risks may result in an epidemic of potentially fatal diseases in the future. Regardless of whether or not the associations are causal, the strengths of the associations are sufficiently strong that in the opinion of the authors, taking action to reduce exposures is imperative, especially for the fetus and children. Such action is fully compatible with the precautionary principle, as enunciated by the Rio Declaration, the European Constitution Principle on Health (Section 3.1) and the European Union Treaties Article 174.

Keywords: Wireless technology; Brain cancer; Radiofrequency; Cell phones; Wireless antenna facilities; Children’s health

Article Outline


Study Finds Cell Phones Increase Brain Cancer Risks for Children

Tuesday March 17, 2009


People who begin using mobile phones before age 20 are more than five times as likely to develop a malignant brain tumor, according to an international group of scientists who studied the effects of electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation on living cells and human health.

The team examined the results of 15 studies from health researchers in six different countries, and reported their findings in the journal Pathophysiology. The scientists also called on nations worldwide to adopt tougher safety standards for mobile phone use and to issue warnings about the potential danger of cell phone radiation, particularly for children.

Dr. Lennart Hardell, an oncologist from University Hospital in Sweden, found that after one or more years of cell phone use, the risk of brain cancer in children who begin using mobile phones before they turn 20 is 5.2 times greater than for the general population. For people who begin using mobile phones later in life, the risk of a malignant brain tumor is 1.4 times greater.

"What stands out is the consistency of the association of exposure and disease," said Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health & the Environment at the University at Albany and a co-author of the report. "The evidence, as I see it, is sufficiently strong that there needs to be public warnings, there needs to be establishments of exposure guidelines and that the present guidelines — in Canada, the United States or anywhere else — are not protective of human health.

"I see us facing a major problem in the future because of the fact that young children are on cell phones constantly, and we may be setting ourselves up for an epidemic of brain cancer, the same thing we did with cigarette smoking and lung cancer."

The official position of most government agencies charged with monitoring the public health risks of cell phone radiation—and certainly the stance of the wireless phone industry—is that there is not sufficient scientific evidence to determine that cell phones pose a risk to human health. Yet, scientists continue to study the issue and their findings continue to raise questions.

These new findings, which indicate a much higher potential risk of brain cancer for children who use cell phones, should at least serve as a caution for parents.