For the first time ever, a judge in Italy has ruled that brain cancer is a result of excessive use of a cellular phone. Roberto Romeo, 57, worked for 15 years in a telecommunications company, Telecom Italia said he constantly using his mobile phone for a work-related purpose caused him to develop a tumor in his brain.
After a medical examiner determined Romeo’s brain cancer damaged 23 percent of his bodily function. Romeo was awarded by an Italian court in Iverea a state-funded pension of about $535 a month. The pension will be paid out to Romeo by national insurance company INAIL covering workplace accident claims. This was released to the public on Thursday following the verdict.
During the trial, Romeo said for 15 years, he was forced to use his cellular phone everyday for about three to four hours
Romeo added for 15 years, he had no choice but to use his mobile to talk to his colleagues and organize work. He was calling all the time from home and in the car. He started to have the feeling his right ear being blocked all the time. The tumor was diagnosed in 2010. It was benign but he can no longer hear anything because doctors had to remove his acoustic nerve.
Researchers from the National Toxicology Program, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), experimented with cellular phones and lab rats in 2016. They were able to discover a link between a specific type of radiation produced by cellular phones and cancer in lab rats. More than 2,500 rats were exposed to cellular phone radiation for nine hours a day over the course of two years. The result showed low incidence of male rodents developing two types of tumors including gliomas, a brain cancer and schwannomas, a cancer in the heart.
Romeo’s lawyer, Stefano Berton, said it was the world's first trial court verdict "to recognize a link between the use of cellular phone and the development of brain tumor."