Comment on ‘Cell phone use and ill health: is there a definite relationship?’

  • S M J Mortazavi Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • S A R Mortazavi Shiraz University of Medical Sciences


Prof Gboyega A Ogunbanjo, in his editorial entitled ‘Cell phone use and ill health: is there a definite  relationship?’, published in South African Family Practice, has addressed the possible link between mobile phone use and adverse health effects such as cancer. He has also discussed the challenging issue of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). Although his editorial has remarkable strengths, this paper needs some clarifications. The main concerns regarding the evidence presented in this paper about possible association of mobile phone use with cancer are discussed. In this light, recent evidence that supports a possible link as well as the shortcomings of the reports claiming no association between exposure to radiofrequency radiation and cancer are presented.

Full text of the research articles are available online at

S Afr Fam Pract 2018; DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2018.1432140

Author Biographies

S M J Mortazavi, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA

S A R Mortazavi, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran