Skip to main content
Accessibility  |  About  |  Contact  |  Privacy  |  Terms

Cell Phones and Cancer - Fact or Fiction

  • Published: 2009-04-23 (Revised/Updated 2011-02-20) : University of Wollongong.
  • Synopsis: Cell phones do alter brain activity as they can trigger a degree of molecular movement but nothing to raise cancer concerns.

Main Document

Mobile or Cell phones - are they really a health hazard? It's a question that Professor Rodney Croft probably faces at every dinner party or barbecue he attends.

As Executive Director of the Australian Center for Radio Frequency Bio-effects Research, Professor Croft has just joined the University of Wollongong's School of Psychology where he hopes to grow UOW's health psychology stream.

It's a return to his old stamping ground in Wollongong for Professor Croft who has recently left Swinburne University in Victoria where he led a National Health and Medical Research Center of Research Excellence.

A psycho-physiologist with expertise in cognitive neuroscience, Professor Croft continues to lead the "virtual" research group where members are spread across several universities including Swinburne, RMIT, Monash as well as the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science in Adelaide.

The team has been receiving about $500,000 a year in funding since 2004 and ongoing funding for future research is being sought this year.

And the answer to that perennial question about cell phone safety? According to Professor Croft there is no real scientific evidence to date to suggest we need panic about using cell phones.

"Yes, cell phones do alter brain activity as they can trigger a degree of molecular movement but nothing to raise health concerns. The radio frequency from cell phones are triggering certain interactions within the brain but there is no evidence of dangerous levels of radiation being generated," Professor Croft said.

(Source: University of Wollongong: April 2009)

Similar Topics

1 : Cognition and Emotion Play a Role in Predicting Quality of Children's Friendships : University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
2 : Stuttering: Stop Signals in the Brain Prevent Fluent Speech : Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.
3 : Social Networking Helps Keep People Healthy : Society for Consumer Psychology.
4 : Organizations at High Risk from Cyber Attacks - Common Attack Methods Still Successful : EY.
5 : No More Locked Cellphones and Unlocking Fees Thanks to CRTC : Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
From our Communication Information section - Full List (84 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.


Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.


Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.


List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.


Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.





1 : Urine and Blood Tests Can Indicate Autism in Children
2 : Newborns Who Experience Stroke Regain Language Function in Opposite Side of Brain
3 : Cognition and Emotion Play a Role in Predicting Quality of Children's Friendships
4 : Metabolomics - Promising Tool for Advancing in Treatment Personalization of Oncological Patients

Citation


Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.