A community in Florida has become the first in the state to issue a warning to its citizens about the dangers of cell phone radiation. According to a report from the Sun Sentinel, a resolution recently passed by the Pembroke Pines Commissioners warns residents that exposure to cell phone radiation may cause cancer, and urges they take steps to limit their exposure to the radiation emitted by cell phones.

Pembroke Pines’ cell phone radiation warning was inspired by Jimmy Gonzalez, who had a cancerous brain tumor removed from the area above his left ear in August 2011. According to the Sun Sentinel, Gonzalez underwent surgery to remove the brain tumor less than a year after he had a tumor removed from his left hand. He believes that his cell phone use led to his cancer, and urged the Commissioners to pass the resolution.

The Pembroke Pines resolution recommends several steps mobile phone users can take to limit their exposure to cell phone radiation, including:

  • Keep cell phones at least 1 inch away from their body
  • Use a wired headset or speakerphone
  • Send messages via text or speakerphone

The resolution also urges residents to stay informed about the latest scientific reports about cell phone radiation.

“Our city’s resolution isn’t about creating panic and alarm,” said Commissioner Angelo Castillo. “It’s about raising awareness in a responsible way to ensure that the health of all cell phone users is protected.”

Concerns about the effects of cell phone radiation have been growing since the World Health Organization (WHO) reclassified cell phones as a possibly cancer causing agent in May 2011. The reclassification came after the WHO’s Interphone study found that use of cell phones for a 10 year period can increase the risk of developing brain tumors called glioblastomas by 40% in adults. In recent years, a growing body of research has found a link between cell phone radiation and certain types of brain tumors, including glioma, acoustic neuroma, and meningioma.

In a landmark ruling announced last month, 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.

Published November 27, 2012 by