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Electromagnetic fields and public health: mobile phones
Key facts
Mobile phone use is ubiquitous with an estimated 4.6 billion subscriptions globally.The electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as possibly carcinogenic to humans.Studies are ongoing to more fully assess potential long-term effects of mobile phone use.WHO will conduct a formal risk assessment of all studied health outcomes from radiofrequency fields exposure by 2012.Mobile or cellular phones are now an integral part of modern telecommunications. In many countries, over half the population use mobile phones and the market is growing rapidly. At the end of 2009, there were an estimated 4.6 billion subscriptions globally. In some parts of the world, mobile phones are the most reliable or the only phones available.Given the large number of mobile phone users, it is important to investigate, understand and monitor any potential public health impact.
Mobile phones communicate by transmitting radio waves through a network of fixed antennas called base stations. Radiofrequency waves are electromagnetic fields, and unlike ionizing radiation such as X-rays or gamma rays, can neither break chemical bonds nor cause ionization in the human body.

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