Rock star Sheryl Crow, best known for her peppy, catchy anthems such as “All I Wanna Do” probably wasn’t hoping to soak up so much cell phone radiation that it led her to develop a benign brain tumor. The singer discussed her theory that her cell phone use caused her to develop meningioma on an episode of the new talk show Katie. Crow’s tumor is located in a part of her brain where she often held her phone. According to her interview, she started to “suspect something was wrong when she began spacing out on stage, forgetting lyrics and generally feeling ‘mushy.’” Although the singer feared that it might have been an early onset of Alzheimer’s, doctors soon diagnosed her with meningioma, a form of brain tumor that is usually benign, but associated with cell phone radiation side effects.

Although doctors can’t confirm a direct link between her cell phone use and brain cancer, Crow said that “…I do have the theory that it’s possible that it’s related to that. I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones.”

This isn’t Crow’s first battle with cancer, either. In 2006, shortly after her separation from cyclist Lance Armstrong, Crow was treated for breast cancer with surgery and radiation therapy. The treatment succeeded, but her new diagnosis, though not imminently dangerous, was still “…a sobering moment.”

Perhaps cell phone radiation will be the next cause Sheryl Crow takes up (her previous efforts include anti-war and animal rights activism). Cell phone radiation has certainly been a hot topic lately, with recent studies showing a worrisome link between cell phone radiation and brain cancer, and calls for reevaluation of the very outdated phone radiation standards in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) last set cell phone emission standards in 1996 and only this June did they propose a reevaluation. An August 2012 report from U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) urged an overdue update, citing that FCC standards were far outdated compared to that of other countries, and failed to reflect the latest research and changes in cell phone technology.

In 2011, the World Health Organization reclassified cell phone radiation as a possibly cancer causing agent. Numerous studies found that prolonged cell phone radiation exposure may put individuals at increased risk for certain types of brain tumors, like glioma, acoustic neuroma, and meningioma.

With approximately 286 million cell phone users in the U.S., including an increasing number of children, the increasing concern about the link between cell phone radiation and brain cancer is hardly unwarranted.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently investigating cell phone radiation lawsuits on behalf of individuals who used cell phones for a prolonged period of time and developed certain types of cancers or tumors. Contact a cell phone side effects lawyers at our firm to learn more and for a free case review. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call today: (877) 779-1414.

Published September 12, 2012 by