New Studies Link Cell Phones to Breast and Thyroid Cancer Risk
Experts warn holding a phone to your body increases the risk of certain types of cancer. (Laura Musikanski/Morguefile)December 15, 2020
LOS ANGELES — Two new studies link the risk of breast and thyroid cancer to the use of mobile devices.
One study from Taiwan concluded radiofrequency radiation exposure significantly increased the risk of breast cancer, especially in women 50 and older who use cell phones and laptop computers. Orange County breast cancer surgeon Dr. John West said he’s not surprised because he’s treated multiple teen girls who developed breast cancer after constantly tucking a smart phone into their bras.
“I use headphones when I talk, or speaker phone,” said Kelley. “I don’t sleep with my cell phone near me. I never put my cell phone in a pocket or in my bra. I’m even uncomfortable with it in my purse next to my body, I try to keep it far away.”
Orange County surgeon Dr. John West, who wrote a book on breast cancer called “Prevent, Survive, Thrive,” said he’s seen multiple patients — with no family history or genetic predisposition — develop tumors near where they usually kept their phone.
55-year-old Cally Pivano had a fast-growing, softball-sized tumor removed from her left leg. Now, it has metastasized to her lungs, back, right leg and her heart. A doctor told her it might have been caused by exposure to radiation.
“And then I had an epiphany,” said Pivano. “My laptop! I put that on my left leg, almost every day, for hours. And then, when I searched for the owner’s manual for my laptop, there it was in black and white: ‘Must be kept a minimum of eight inches away from your body.'”
And 49-year-old Paul Griffiths, a father of two from San Jose, is fighting a brain tumor above the ear where he said he used to squeeze his phone while taking notes on work calls.
“First thing I thought of is, ‘I bet you this thing is right above my ear on my right side,’ where I always feared,” said Griffiths. “And lo and behold, that’s exactly where it was.”