Is Cell Phone Radiation Giving Women Breast Cancer?
Cell phone radiation may have the potential to cause breast cancer in women who store their phone in their bras, according to a disturbing new report. Doctors interviewed by CBS News warned that women should avoid keeping their cell phones in their bras, after treating patients who developed breast tumors in the area where they kept their phones.
“I would never wear a cell phone immediately next to my body and I would advise all women not to do that,” breast surgeon Lisa Bailey told CBS News.
The wireless industry denies there is any evidence of a connection between cell phone radiation and breast cancer. But Dr. Baily pointed out that the dearth of evidence could be due to the fact that little, if any, research has been conducted in this area.
Another doctor interviewed by CBS worried that future years could see an epidemic of breast cancer of breast cancer possibly linked to cell phone radiation exposure.
“If there is a risk and we don’t find out about it for five or ten years from now, we’re going to see a whole cluster of young people with breast cancer,” said Dr. John West.
Some doctors surmise that the breast tissue of developing teens and girls may be especially vulnerable to cell phone radiation.
Over the years, a growing number of studies have prompted concerns that exposure to cell phone radiation may increase the risk that an individual will develop brain tumors, including glioma, acoustic neuroma, and meningioma. The concerns took on urgency when the World Health Organization (WHO) reclassified cell phones as a possibly cancer causing agent in May 2011, after the InterPhone study found that use of cell phones for a 10 year period can increase the risk of developing certain brain tumors by 40%. Just last October, the Italian Supreme Court ruled cell phone radiation can cause brain cancer, finding a causal link between a man’s heavy cell phone use and a brain tumor he developed.
In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with establishing cell phone radiation standards, but it has not reassessed those standards since 1996. In August, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) called for an overhaul of the FCC’s current cell phone radiation standards, finding them outdated compared to many other international standards.
Some health authorities are now advising mobile phone users to take steps to reduce their exposure to cell phone radiation, including:
- Use a headset or speaker when using your cell phone
- Keep your phone at least 1 inch away from your body
- Communicate via text or email when possible
- Make calls when you have a strong signal – research shows that radiation exposure increases dramatically when cell phone signals are weak.