Government, Health - Italian Court Ignores Evidence
An appeals court in Turin, Italy has linked brain tumors to mobile phone use - despite the consensus of most scientists who say that's just not the truth.
The court upheld a lower court ruling in the case of 59-year old former Telecom Italia worker Roberto Romeo, who sued against Italy's National Institute for Insurance Against Workplace Accidents (INAIL), a national insurance provider. Mr. Romeo said daily mobile phone use on his job led to a benign tumor called neurinoma on the acoustic nerve in his ear. He suffered meningitis as a result, which led to surgery to remove the infected nerve, meaning that Romeo lost all hearing in his right ear. INAIL didn't accept the connection and declined to pay out, and Romeo sued.
The first court didn't allow INAIL to submit studies that were paid for by the mobile phone industry that dismiss a link to cancer. Two doctors were allowed to testify on Romeo's behalf, backing his contention of a link.
But the large majority of international studies disagree with the notion of a link.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has stated that, "Most studies done in the lab have supported the idea that RF waves do not cause DNA damage." The US Food and Drug administration agrees. The Interphone Study of 2010 studied the cases of 5,000 brain tumor patients around the world, reaching the conclusion was that there was no correlation between increased phone usage and tumor development. A Danish cohort study also concurs. It followed 358,403 people for 27 years and found no link.
Romeo's lawyers believe that the court has reached a correct conclusion.
"There is no other explanation for the development of this tumor," said the plaintiff's lawyer Stefano Bertone.