Musician Sheryl Crow, who has survived both breast cancer and a non-cancerous brain tumor, recently stated that she believes that cell phones may have caused her tumor. An article
in People magazine stated:
Sheryl Crow suspects that the benign brain tumor she has may have been caused by her cell phone. "There are no doctors that will confirm that," Crow, 50, said Monday while appearing on the premiere of Katie, the new syndicated talk show hosted by Katie Couric. "
Crow is not alone. Many people believe that cell phone use can cause or contribute to brain cancers.
The history of cell phone concerns among the public is closely tied to the history of media coverage, as mass communication (books, magazine articles, television programs, etc.) has been identified as a primary driver for the fears. Concerns over cell phone safety trace directly back to an earlier (and unrelated) public health concern over electromagnetic fields, or EMFs.
For example, Larry King devoted a segment on his top-rated CNN show on Aug. 9, 2000, to the case of a man named Larry Reynard, who told a story about how his wife had developed brain cancer several months after first using a cell phone.