• Question: Did you know that rare blood cancers were transmitted through chemicals in mobile phones? What could these chemicals be?

    Asked by Melon to Anna, Hayley, Iain, Rebecca on 24 Jun 2015.
    • Photo: Iain Bethune

      Iain Bethune answered on 24 Jun 2015:

      There is no evidence that mobile phone use causes any forms of cancer – Cancer Research UK give a good discussion of this here: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/cancer-controversies/mobile-phones-wifi-and-power-lines

      The chemicals used in the plastic casings and the internal components of phones are very closely regulated to make sure they are not harmful people. There is European law called RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) that limit really dangerous chemicals like mercury. Having said that, if you ground up your phone into dust and then swallowed it, it would probably not be very good for you. Just using your phone normally will cause no harm 🙂