A link between a business executive’s brain tumor with heavy cell phone usage has been recognized by the Italian supreme court. Scientifically, strong evidence is required in this area to prove this link. Therefore, the court is unable to base its decision on the subject by merely jumping to conclusions.
The director of medical physics and clinical engineering at Britain’s Royal Berkshire Hospital, Malcolm Sperrin states, “We should be cautious in drawing conclusions about mobile phones and brain tumors.”
There came a case relating to a a company director, Innocenzo Marcolini who, after using his mobile phone for 5 to 6 hours daily over the period of 12 years developed a brain tumor in the left side of his head. Most of the time, he kept his mobile phone in his left hand and took notes with his right hand. Basically, Marcolini was suffering from a non-cancerous neurinoma affecting a cranial nerve for which he required a surgery and due to which, his quality of life was greatly affected.
The Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority INAIL rejected his request for a financial compensation as they were unable to connect his illness with work. However, the relationship between the use of mobile, cordless telephones and tumors was acknowledged by the court in Brescia.
The INAIL appeal against that ruling was rejected by the Italy’s supreme court on 12th October, and the decision was reported on Friday. Its ruling was in favor of the lower court’s decision as it saw the claim to be justified and the scientific evidence supporting the claim was reliable. It found Marcolini’s situation different from casual cell phone use.
Lennart Hardell, a cancer specialist at the University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden led the studies from 2005 to 2009. The court found the research to be impartial as it was not co-financed by the same cell phone producing companies.