Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that there is a 'casual link' between an Italian businessman's brain tumour and him spending up to 6 hours a day on
the telephone for 12 years.
The Oncologist and neurosurgeon who both gave evidence on Businessman Innocente Marcolini's behalf made the point that tumours often take 15 years to
appear, rendering a number of short term studies that appear to disprove a link between mobile phones and cancer problematic.
Oncologist and professor of environmental mutagenesis Angelo Gino Levis and neurosurgeon Dr Giuseppe Grasso gave evidence supporting Mr
They argued that mobile and cordless phones emit electromagnetic radiation causing damage to cells and increasing the risk of tumours. But they added
that many tumours don't appear for 15 years making short-term studies on mobile phone use redundant.
The jury is still out, however, for many scientists who claim it is still unknown what, if any, link there is between mobiles and brain tumours.
Recently a Danish study based on 358,000 mobile users who had used a mobile for at least 10 years and 10,000 cancer suffers appears to disprove any
link between mobile phones and cancer
The study has however been criticised by some scientists as being flawed in that it excluded heavy use business users. It did however find no link
between cancer and mobile phone use even when users had been using the phone for 13 years or longer
Earlier on this month, a Danish study on more than 358,000 mobile users over 18-years-old found that those who used mobile phones for 10 years or
more were no more at risk than those who never used them.
Researchers led by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen found cancer rates in the central nervous system were almost the same in both
long-term mobile phone users and non-users.
But other scientists disagreed, saying the Danish study excluded business users and included as non-users people who began using mobiles later on.
Despite the Danish study apparently disproving a link between mobile phones and cancer, a 14 country, 31 scientist World Health Organisation working
group, stated in 2011 that classified mobile phones as 'possibly carcinogenic'
Furthermore, frontal and temporal lobe tumors in children have apparently increased by 50% in the last 20 years.
In April, The Children with Cancer conference highlighted figures published by the Office of National Statistics, which showed a 50 per cent
increase in frontal and temporal lobe tumors between 1999 and 2009.
The ONS figures showed that the incident rate has risen from two to three per 100,000 people since 1999, while figures from Bordeaux Segalen
University showed a one to two per cent annual increase in brain cancers in children.
However, Manchester University researchers have stated that there has been no statistically significant increase in brain cancer in the UK.
Nonetheless, some governments around the world have started to decide to err on the side of caution. For instance, France has banned mobile phones in
primary schools and advertising aimed at children, while Israel has passed legislation forcing adverts to carry a health warning that mobile phones
may cause cancer.
What is potentially worrying is that like cigarette smoking, the effects on health of heavy mobile phone use may only become apparent in the long
term. It is cautionary to bear in mind how long it took for the effects of smoking on health to be conclusively proved and accepted by the scientific
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