Dr. Mehmet Oz warned that women who keep their cell phones in their bras are putting themselves at risk for breast cancer on the Aug. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz believes there's a definite link between cell phones and cancer. "When it comes to cell phones, the bra has become the new purse," said Dr. Oz, who said millions of women are unknowingly endangering themselves for the sake of convenience.
Dr. Oz's guest was Tiffany Frantz, a Pennsylvania woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Frantz and her mom Traci were shocked because Tiffany was healthy, just 21 years old at the time, and had no family history of cancer. But Tiffany revealed she had carried her cell phone in her bra all day, every day, for four years.
Frantz developed cancerous tumors in the exact same area of her breast, on the same side, where her cell phone rested hour after hour for four years.
Tiffany's doctors were puzzled by her cancer, so she underwent genetic testing, which came back negative (meaning she was not predisposed to cancer).
Cancer Spread Despite Surgery, Radiation and No Family History
In March 2012, Tiffany got surgery to get her left breast removed, and underwent radiation treatment. Unfortunately, her ordeal wasn't over.
In February 2013, doctors told Frantz her breast cancer had spread to her hip, and cancerous lesions had developed on her spine, pelvic bone, ribs and skull. She underwent radiation treatment again, and now takes cancer drugs and gets intravenous bone-building treatments.
Tiffany's oncologist has never publicly stated that Frantz developed breast cancer because she stored her cell phone in her bra, but a small group of other young women have reported similar breast cancer patterns. And Tiffany and her mom are 100 percent convinced that her cell phone did, in fact, cause her cancer.
Dr. Andrew Weil warned against the dangers of cell phones and WiFi systems on a previous episode of the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Weil said there's no clear-cut evidence (yet) linking the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones and Wi-Fi systems to cancer, but they are a bigger threat to our health than we realize.
As a precaution, Weil recommended keeping cell phones away from your head, using an ear piece for cell phones, and keeping Wi-Fi routers outside the bedroom.
Dr. Oz has previously stated that the heat emitted by cell phones can spur cell damage, and that can fuel cancer, so all women should stop storing their cell phones in their bras as a precaution. And everyone should refrain from placing cell phones anywhere on their bodies for extended periods of time.