Cellular and cordless telephones and basal cell carcinoma: a case report

Arch Environ Health. 2003 Jun;58(6):380-2.


During a 1-yr period, a 50-yr-old man had developed 6 basal cell skin cancer lesions on his scalp and face, 5 of which were localized on the right side of his head. The man had used an analog cellular telephone during 1987-1992; after 1992, he used a digital cellular telephone. In addition, he had used a cordless telephone since 1997. He always placed a phone on his right ear during phone calls. The right side of this individual's head contained 5 of the 6 tumors that eventually developed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / etiology
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / pathology
  • Cell Phone / instrumentation*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Face
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / pathology
  • Scalp
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Skin Neoplasms / etiology
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology