I got a call today and a fax from a South El Monte resident who is upset about a Verizon Wireless antenna facility that is going up at 9700 Factorial Way. There is a public hearing tonight on the topic at 6 p.m.
The resident is opposing the antenna facility because she claims that it will cause cancer.
But according to the American Cancer Society’s Web site, that is doubtful:
Humans generate electromagnetic fields internally as well as externally. The simple collision between 2 molecules is an electrical event. Since there is electrical activity inside the human body, the question arises as to whether radio waves emitted by cellular phone towers can influence cell function, and in particular whether they can cause cancer.
However, several theoretical considerations suggest that cellular phone towers are unlikely to cause cancer
Plus, she added, there is already an antenna behind the 9708 Factorial Way.