Singer Sheryl Crow Says Cell Phone Caused Her Brain Tumor
Sheryl Crow says she believes using her cell phone excessively caused her to develop a benign brain tumor. (KTLA-TV)
Crow appeared on the premiere episode of Katie Couric's new afternoon talk show on Monday.
She said she began to notice something wasn't right a couple of years ago.
"I felt like I was just really starting to be mushy. A couple of I'd like space on stage and forget lyrics, so I ended up getting a teleprompter," Crow said.
Earlier this year, Crow got an MRI and learned she had menengeoma, a non-cancerous tumor between the lining of her skull and brain.
Crow told Couric that she blames radiation from her cell phone for the tumor.
"I do have the theory that it's related to that, because in the early days when I was promoting my first record, I did hours of phoners on the old, archaic cell phones," she said.
Brain surgeon Dr. Rahul Jandial spoke to KTLA over the phone, who said there's no evidence supports cell phone use causing brain cancers.
He said researchers are confident there's no link between cell phone use and brain tumors, largely becasue of the trends they've seen in benign and malignant tumor rates over the past two decades.
"The number of brain tumors have stayed the same, even thought the number of cell phones has gone through the roof and skyrocketed," Jandial explained.
The National Cancer Institute says radio waves emitted by cell phones can be absorbed by human tissue, and older technology emits more radiation.
The institute says more research is needed because technology, as well as how and how much people use their phones, are always evolving.
Meantime, despite the tumor, Crow says she feels healthy and happy.
"It's nothing I have to worry about, but it was definitely a sobering moment," she said.