You're on the go, heading out for a walk with Fido or taking a class at the gym. So you figure that the perfect place to store your cell phone is your bra. Right? Wrong, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, who devoted his Dec. 6 talk show to explaining the link between breast cancer and keeping your cell phone in your bra.
Dr. Oz featured a woman who stored her cell phone in her bra for four years. When she was diagnosed with cancer, she realized that the tumor was located precisely where she had put her cell phone.
Just a coincidence? No, say many experts as well as women who had similar experiences. Although no definitive research exists proving that putting your cell phone in your bra causes breast cancer, Dr. Oz recommends playing it safe.
Breast cancer expert Dr. John West agrees, and he expressed concern about teens in particular. Store your cell phone in an area far away from your chest, regardless of your age.
The World Health Organization (WHO) agrees that radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer. WHO includes cell phone usage in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
One problem is that it can take awhile to determine the correlation between cell phones and cancer.
"The biggest problem we have is that we know most environmental factors take several decades of exposure before we really see the consequences," said Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, in a recent interview with CNN.
However, in some cases, cancer develops sooner, according to the Environmental Health Trust. The non-profit organization notes that "most of us have no idea that cell phones are small microwave radios that should not be kept directly on the body."
And they agree with Dr. Oz, saying that "the ways some people are using their phones today could increase their risk of developing breast cancer and other diseases tomorrow. Cell phone’s microwave radiation seeps directly into soft fatty tissue of the breast."