Mobile phones can cause brain tumors, court rules


  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.

  Innocente Marcolini, 60, an Italian businessman, fell ill after using a handset at work for up to sixhours every day for 12 years.

  Now Italy's Supreme Court in Rome has blamed his phone saying there is a "causal link" betweenhis illness and phone use.

  Mr Marcolini said: "This is significant for very many people. I wanted this problem to become publicbecause many people still do not know the risks.

  "I wanted it recognized that there was a link between my illness and the use of mobile andcordless phones.

  "Parents need to know their children are at risk of this illness."

  British scientists have claimed there is insufficient evidence to prove any link to mobiles.

  But the respected oncologist and professor of environmental mutagenesis Angelo Gino Levis gaveevidence for Mr Marcolini — along with neurosurgeon Dr Giuseppe Grasso.

  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 recognizesthe link.

  Mr Marcolini's tumor was discovered in the trigeminal nerve — close to where the phone touchedhis head.

  It is non-cancerous but threatened to kill him as it spread to the carotid artery, the major vesselcarrying blood to his brain.

  His face was left paralyzed and he takes daily morphine for pain.

  The World Health Organization urged limits on mobile use last year, calling them a Class Bcarcinogen.

  International radiation biology expert Michael Repacholi said: "Studies show no evidence of cancer. But if you are worried, use a headset, hands-free or loudspeaker."