Keep Your Cell Phone Away From The Girls
The pink ribbons are flying as October is National Breast Cancer Awareness. As a woman and clinician, every month is breast cancer awareness month. One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime and it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. While there is a good deal to talk about in terms of reducing life-style risk factors (sedentary lifestyle, obesity, high alcohol intake, smoking, BPA’s, parabens, exogenous hormones in the food supply, etc.,) that shouldn’t be overlooked, you might want to consider making sure your patients are not keeping their cell phones in their bras.
Waiting in the line at the grocery store, walking down the street and just about everywhere, I see many women who keep their cell phones tucked into their bras. They even now sell bras with cell phones holders! The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is conducting a large animal study to examine the impact of cell phone radiation to examine potential health risks. In May, they released partial findings from the study that showed a low incidence of heart and brain tumors.
With the preliminary release of these findings, the chair of the American Association of Pediatrics/AAP, Dr. Jennifer Lowry, M.D. made the following statement about cell phones: “They’re not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer.” The AAP also just released a bunch of safety tips on how to reduce cell phone radiation exposures for you and your family.
While it’s easy to want to warn all cell phone users to be mindful of the health risks, I don’t want to get too far off track. While there is no double-blind placebo studies on the impact of women storing your phones cells in their brassieres (foreknowledge of likely harm and unethical), there are case studies documenting incidences of breast cancer in young women who carried their cell phones on their breasts. The bottom line, please consider asking your patients about where they keep their phones and remind them not to carry it on their person and definitely NOT in their bras.
By Tina Beaudoin, ND
 “Report of Partial findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley® SD rats (Whole Body Exposure)”