A court from Italy ruled last week that the excess use of mobile phones caused brain cancer in a former telecom company employee. Robert Romeo told the court that his job required him use the phone for long hours which boosted his risk of developing a brain tumor.
The 57-year-old said that he used the phone for 3 or 4 hours every day for more than a decade. However, the mobile phone usage took a heavy toll on his health: the brain tumor impacted nearly a quarter of his bodily functions.
It is not the first time a court in Italy finds a direct association between mobile phones and brain cancer. In 2012, the country’s highest court ruled that the cancerous tumor Innocenzo Marcolini had on the left side of his brain was caused by using the cellphone for 5 or 6 hours a day for 12 years. Marcolini said he used to hold the phone with his left hand while taking notes with the right hand.
Experts say that the two rulings won’t prove once and for all that mobile phones can lead to cancer. Some researchers say that there isn’t enough evidence to back the association.The American Cancer Society noted that many studies that analyzed the link produced insufficient evidence. In some of the studies, cancer patients did not report a heavier use of their mobile phone than people in the control group.
Still, many people are concerned that excess phone use could damage their health. Plus, a Swedish study revealed that people who routinely use mobile phones for at least 10 years have a high risk of developing brain tumors on the side of the brain where they used to hold the device.
Experts recommend using the speakerphone or a hands-free headset as precautionary measures. You should also keep the handset away from the head when there is a weak signal.