Mobile Phone Use Not Linked with Melanoma of the Eye

Posted on March 8th, 2009 by

Mobile Phone Use Not Linked with Melanoma of the Eye

According to the results of a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, mobile phone use does not increase the risk of uveal melanoma (melanoma of the eye).

Although concerns have been raised about possible links between mobile phone use and cancers of the brain and other parts of the head and neck, studies have not found any consistent link. Nevertheless, it’s not yet possible to draw firm conclusions about the health effects of mobile phones, and research on this topic continues.

Mobile phones emit radio waves. Radio waves are a type of low-frequency (non-ionizing) electromagnetic radiation. Exposure to high levels of this type of radiation can heat body tissue, but studies suggest that the amount of energy produced by mobile phones is too low to produce significant heating.[1]

To evaluate mobile phone use in relation to uveal melanoma, researchers in Germany conducted a study among 459 patients with uveal melanoma and 1,194 comparison subjects who did not have uveal melanoma.[2]

Information about mobile phone use was collected by questionnaire. Based on this information, study participants were classified as never users, sporadic users, or regular users of mobile phone. The researchers were able to assess the effects of up to 10 years of mobile phone use.

The results indicated that neither regular use of mobile phones nor longer-term use of mobile phones increased the risk of uveal melanoma.

In summary, this study did not find a link between mobile phone use and risk of uveal melanoma.


[1] National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet. Cellular Telephone Use and Cancer Risk. Available at: (Accessed January 26, 2009).

[2] Stang A, Schmidt-Pokrzywniak A, Lash TL et al. Mobile phone use and risk of uveal melanoma: results of the risk factors for uveal melanoma case-control study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2009;101:120-123.

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