Old phones can cause tumors, widower learns
Monday, January 24, 2011 - 11:47 am

To the Editor:

This is probably an unusual letter for you to receive.

I write this in memory of my wife, Betty. We would have been married 30 years in February, if she had lived that long.

My wife started having very bad headaches in September 2010. We took her to several doctors. They said it was just the weather, among other things they told us.

Eventually, we took her to a specialist in Ohio. She found out she had a brain tumor by her right ear.

They tried to operate on it but she passed away on the operating table.

The point I’m coming to is the tumor was right by the ear canal.

I asked the doctor what could cause it. He said when they did X-rays and MRIs that they detected an amount of radiation and didn’t know what it meant. But it probably caused the tumor.

I wanted to get to the bottom of this and spent a lot of money in doing so.

My wife was a cell phone addict and was on it all the time. We had the phone checked. It was an early model and I was told that it had been recalled because of radiation leakage and was told over a few years it could cause a brain tumor.

My hope in writing this letter to you is to tell people to get rid of your phone if it’s more than five years old.

If I would have known about this, my wife might still be alive.

I hope I can save people’s lives by writing this letter.

Mike Locke