Research shows carrying your cell phone near your breasts can increase the risk of cancer.

An interesting study has been published in the medical journal called Case Reports in Medicine involving breast cancer in younger women. Breast cancer is uncommon in women under the age of 40; particularly if the women don't have a family history of breast cancer and don't have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. This study looked at the incidence of breast cancer in four women between the ages of 21 and 39. They all developed multifocal invasive breast cancer.

All of the women regularly carried their smartphones directly against their breasts in their bras for up to 10 hours each day, for several years. Interestingly, they all developed tumors in the areas of their breasts immediately underlying the phones. None of the women had a family history of breast cancer and they didn't have any breast cancer genes. They didn't have any risk factors for developing breast cancer that the researchers could identify.

Due to these factors, and the specific location of the tumors, the researchers concluded that there must be an association with non-ionizing radiation of electromagnetic field exposure from cell phones and cancer. Before writing this article I had to ask around if women actually carry their cell phone in their bra. Apparently it's quite common. This particular study only examined a relationship with cell phones and breast cancer, but of course people hold their phone against other parts of their body - such as their head and pelvis (inside their pocket).

Please remember that your cell phone emits a large amount of radiation, whether you are currently using it or not. Keep it away from your body as much as possible. As newer models of smart phones are released, the radiation they emit only increases. For more information about reducing your risk of breast cancer see our book.