Breast cancer from contact with cell phones

A new, sobering report links cell phone exposure to the development of breast cancer.

The report appeared in Case Reports in Medicine, which publishes clinical observations that don’t get billions of dollars of research funding thrown at them by the crony capitalist medical industry. Frequently, doctors make observations in their patients that don’t come under scrutiny of so-called “evidenced based” medicine. But these case reports on real patients are not subjected to statistical manipulations. So — they often lead to valuable insights and important discoveries in clinical medicine.

The new report profiled four cases of breast cancer in young women. Breast cancer in women under 40 is uncommon (less than 5 percent of breast cancers), unless there is a known, strong family history or genetic predisposition. These cases also tend to be more aggressive and deadly than those typically detected in older women.

Turns out, these young women regularly carried their “smart phones” inside their brassieres for up to 10 hours a day, over a period of several years. One woman used her cell phone as a GPS while jogging. Another woman kept her cell phone in her bra during her work commute, almost continually talking while driving over a period of a decade.

None of the patients had a family history of breast cancer or other known breast cancer risk factors. And they all tested negative for the presence of genes associated with increased breast cancer risk (BRCA1 and BRCA2).

Breast imaging studies revealed multiple areas of breast cancer directly under the places where their phones had direct contact with their breasts. Microscopic studies of the cancer cells showed remarkable similarity in appearance. They were all hormone-positive, low-to-intermediate grade, with extensive intraductal cancer.

Patients first came to clinical attention from bloody nipple discharge, or palpable breast masses directly under the locations of the cell phones. In all but once case, the young women’s cancers had already spread to lymph nodes or directly metastasized to bone. The young women all underwent mastectomies.

Ionizing radiation not something to take lightly

In the absence of other risk factors, researchers focused on the ionizing radiation from cell phones as the cause of these breast cancers. Years ago, the International Association for Research on Cancer identified electromagnetic radiation of the frequency used in radio transmissions (as in cell phones) as a potential cause of cancer.

Women aren’t the only ones at risk of cell phone exposure to the skin. Research shows men who keep cell phones in pants’ pockets run an increased risk of infertility.

In addition, male and female brain cells exposed to cell phones held against the ears undergo alterations in metabolism as well. In fact, one of the first clinical reports showed potential increased risk of brain cancer from use of cellular phones.

A recent meta-analysis of all studies found the risk of cancer to be highest in people with the longest exposures and whose exposures started before the age of 20. Other studies suggest that cell phone use affects the blood-brain barrier and cognitive function.

The government won’t protect you

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) first published safety regulations regarding cell phones in 1996 based on estimates of exposures to head and brain in simulations in a 200-lb male adult. The durations of testing are typically only 30 minutes. So the risks and precautions for everyone else are largely unknown.

Unfortunately, eliminating cell phones from your life altogether probably isn’t very practical. Cell use is proliferating worldwide, as telephone companies are cutting their land line service and have eliminated public phones, thus forcing everyone to carry these mobile carcinogenic devices.

Even if you still have a land line in your home or office, it is likely to be a portable phone that uses radio waves to communicate with the base.

So what can you do to keep yourself safe? Well, I personally try to stay off the phone as much as possible. For me, I can’t get any writing done while talking on the phone.

When you do use a cell phone, keep it away from your body by using the “speaker” function or a headset with a microphone.

The FCC has not addressed the issue of direct skin contact. But industry guidelines typically recommend keeping cell phones at least 1.5 cm away from direct contact with skin during use.

And please, don’t give cell phones to young children. The dangers may be even greater in young people when tissue cells are still dividing and growing. My own Ph.D. dissertation research on breast cancer showed that risk factors experienced in childhood, during the period of growth and development, appeared to carry a life-long higher risk of developing breast cancer.

As parents tell young women everywhere, “get off the phone.” It may be the best advice you can give them.

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“Multifocal Breast Cancer in Young Women with Prolonged Contact between Their Breasts and Their Cellular Phones,” Case Rep Med ( 9/18/2013