Where’s your phone right now?
Your pocket? Your bag? If you’re reading this on your smartphone then we’re guessing it’s your hand. But if it’s in your bra, you might want to think about taking it out of there.
A Melbourne researcher from Monash University has issued a warning to Australian women not to store their phone touching their breast or anywhere else on their skin.
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Dr Mary Redmayne says that many studies have pointed to an “increased risk of brain tumours from extended mobile phone use”, yet the information on whether smartphone exposure has links to breast cancer is lacking.
“People should play it safe and ensure they do not store their smartphones directly against their bodies,” Dr Redmayne said.
The warning comes after a recent Monash University study revealed that a quarter of women surveyed had carried their smartphone tucked into their bra – with 15 percent doing so in the past week.
The study showed that while women had concerns about whether smartphone use was linked to sleep issues, cancer and headaches or dizziness, this didn't translate to how closely they kept the phone to their chest.
According to Dr Redmayne, this is concerning because your phone isn't just active while you make a call. Phones regularly emit electromagnetic radiation when they're on standby because many apps run automatically in the background to update information.