Mobile phone radio waves are harmless to humans, a study has found. Photo: Louie Douvis
Mobile phone radio waves are harmless to humans, a group of British researchers have concluded.
The researchers have been investigating the issue since 2001, publishing in the process close to 60 peer-reviewed papers.
The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Program published its final report on Tuesday.
The report said they found no evidence that exposure to base station emissions during pregnancy affects the risk of developing cancer in early childhood.
Nor was there any link between mobile phones and leukaemia.
Laboratory testing also showed radio waves had no effect on biological tissue at a range of frequencies.
David Coggan, the program's chairman and a professor of environmental medicine at Southampton University, said little was known about the possible health risks of mobile phones when the research started.
"We can now be much more confident about the safety of modern telecommunications systems," he said.
The research group was funded equally by the British government and the telecommunications industry, with an independent oversight committee ensuring neither could influence the studies.
The Australian Cancer Council says on its website there is no evidence of a link between cancer and mobile phone use.
It cautions, however, that studies have only assessed the effects up to 10 years of use, and that longer term use has not been fully evaluated.
An ongoing study of close to 300,000 European mobile phone users, called COSMOS, is underway in a bid to determine whether mobile phones have delayed health effects.