CANCER LINKED TO CELL PHONE USE, ITALIAN COURT RULES IN LANDMARK CASE.
For the first time ever, a judge in Italy has ruled that excessive cell phone use can result in brain cancer. Roberto Romeo, 57, worked for Telecom Italia, a telecommunications company, for 15 years and said constant use of his mobile phone for work-related purposes caused him to develop a tumor in his brain, Agence France-Presse reported.
Following the verdict, which was released to the public Thursday, an Italian court in Iverea awarded Romeo a state-funded pension of about $535 a month for life after a medical examiner determined Romeo’s brain cancer damaged 23 percent of his bodily function. The pension will be paid out to Romeo by national insurance company INAIL, which covers workplace accident claims. It was the first trial court verdict in the world ‘to recognize a link between cell phone use and the development of brain tumor.
During the trial, Romeo said he was forced to use his cell phone for about three to four hours every day for 15 years.
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