My name is Cally Pivano Tendrick, I was a runner and now I am a stage 4 Cancer Warrior. In November of 2013, I lost my twin sister, Sue, to cancer. In November of 2016, I lost the ability to enjoy my passion for running when I had a soft ball sized tumor and most of my quadricep muscles removed from my left thigh. The same thigh that I would place my laptop on for hours every day.
I was informed that radiation may have caused my cancer but I could not fathom how. Then it dawned on me, my laptop. I spent hours upon hours with my laptop on the same area of my thigh where the tumor formed unaware that I shouldn’t have kept my laptop on my lap. I never took the time to find or read any of the elusive disclaimers pertaining to my devices; who does?
When I did read the manual for my laptop, I was infuriated to read that it should be kept not less than 20 cm (8 inches) from the body! It’s a LAPTOP! Had there been a warning label to alert me of the dangers of radiation from my laptop, I never would have jeopardized my ability to run let alone my life.
The legal disclaimer for my cell phone says to reduce RF (radiofrequency) exposure, use hands free options such as speakerphone or text messaging. As I did more research, I learned that in 2011, the International Association for Research on Cancer, an agency of the World Health Organization, classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.
In 2018, The National Toxicology Program, a division of The National Institute of Environmental Health, released final reports on a study involving rats and mice concluding that the rats that were exposed to high levels of radiofrequency radiation, like that found in 2g and 3g cell phones, developed cancerous tumors of the heart with evidence of tumors in the brain and adrenal glands.
Ronald Melnick, PHD, a senior scientist who led the study expressed his concern about the risk for children stated that “For children, the cancer risks may be greater than that for adults because of greater penetration and absorption of cell phone radiation in the brains of children and because the developing nervous system of children is more susceptible to tissue damaging agents”.
Now, contemplate the fact that tablets use many of the same components as cell phones, then think about all of the children who use these devices daily for educational and entertainment purposes. Consider virtual reality technology where headsets hold cell phones right up to our children’s skulls. Let’s not forget what Dr. Melnick stated about increased penetration and absorption in the brains of children yet how many parents are aware of this? I am not here to create hysteria, I am here to create awareness. Until our government creates legislation requiring warning labels just as they appear on a pack of cigarettes, my goal is to educate people about how to safely use these devices.
I will be chronicling my Sacred Cancer Journey along with information about the possible link between mobile device radiation and cancer. I will also provide information about how you can protect yourself and the children in your life. If I can educate just one person about how to safely use these devices, (cell phones, tablets, laptops), then my own cancer will not have been in vain.