Mobile phone use could increase the risk of brain cancer, experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) have warned.
Scientists have classified handsets as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” – and advised people to use hands-free devices or text instead of calling.
The classification came after the WHO working group concluded radiofrequency electromagnetic fields associated with handsets potentially heightened the chances of suffering glioma, a malignant form of the disease.
The WHO had previously said there was no established evidence for a link between cell phone use and cancer.
The mobile phone industry has played down the latest announcement, pointing out it is not based on any new scientific evidence.