Italy’s Supreme Court: Mobile Phones Can Cause Brain Tumors
A landmark court case has ruled there is a link between using a mobile phone and brain tumors, paving the way for a flood of legal actions.
Britain is one of only a few countries in Europe where customers still have to contact their existing mobile phone provider to tell them they are leaving, rather than phoning a new supplier and letting them sort out the paperwor
Mobile phones can cause brain tumours, court rules. (Telegraph, Oct 19, 2012):
Innocent Marcolini, 60, an Italian businessman, fell ill after using a handset at work for up to six hours every day for 12 years.
Now Italy’s Supreme Court in Rome has blamed his phone saying there is a “causal link” between his illness and phone use, the Sun has reported.
Mr Marcolini said: “This is significant for very many people. I wanted this problem to become public because many people still do not know the risks.
“I was on the phone, usually the mobile, for at least five or six hours every day at work.
“I wanted it recognized that there was a link between my illness and the use of mobile and cordless phones.
“Parents need to know their children are at risk of this illness.”
They said electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile and cordless phones can damage cells, making tumors more likely.
Prof Levis told The Sun: “The court decision is extremely important. It finally officially recognizes the link.
“It’ll open not a road but a motorway to legal actions by victims. We’re considering a class action.”
Mr Marcolini’s tumor was discovered in the trigeminal nerve — close to where the phone touched his head.
It is non-cancerous but threatened to kill him as it spread to the carotid artery, the major vessel carrying blood to his brain.
His face was left paralysed and he takes daily morphine for pain.
Alasdair Philips of Power watch, which campaigns for more research on mobile use, said: “This is an interesting case and proves the need for more studies.
“People should limit mobile and cordless use until we know more.”
The World Health Organisation urged limits on mobile use last year, calling them a Class B carcinogen.