The court has spoken on the question, “Do cell phones cause cancer?”.
Innocente Marolini used his cell phone for business 6 hours per day for 12 years. He developed a tumor in his trigeminal nerve which is located close to where his cell phone would touch his head. Surgery left his face partially paralyzed. After he was denied workers’ compensation, he filed a suit against the Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority.
The Authority’s decision was based on a study by the Interphone Study Group. This study has since been determined to be flawed. It was funded by the mobile phone industry and conducted between 1999 and 2004. At that time, heavy cell phone use was considered to be 2 hours or more per day. Dr Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization stated “An increased risk of brain cancer is not established from the data of the Interphone. However… further investigation of mobile phone use and brain cancer risk is merited.”
The Italian Supreme court used an independent study by Dr Lennart Hardell of Sweden. This study available at http://www.radiationresearch.org/pdfs/royal_society_hardell suggests that there is a link between wireless phones and cancer. Dr Hardell’s study isn’t limited to cell phone use but includes all cordless phone use. There are a lot of variables to consider such as length of exposure and frequency of the radiation.
While there have been court cases where the judicial system has failed, one has to wonder what is the correct verdict in regards to cell phone use.
There are studies available that suggest damage caused by radio frequency to body tissue is caused by heat generated by exciting the tissue. Damage could be generated by merely radiating body tissue but more research is warranted. There may be factors that we don’t realize are causing tissue damage.
If you use a Bluetooth headset, don’t think that you are risk free. Bluetooth headsets also emit radio frequency radiation. Body tissue is still being bombarded by RF. Do you keep your cell phone in your pocket? Guess what? Your hip area and lower abdomen are being bombarded by radio frequencies. Are you planning on having children? Reproductive organs are located in your lower abdomen and may be damaged by cell phone exposure. Is texting the answer to keeping your cell phone away from your body?
What is the answer to the cell phone and cancer link? It took years to resolve the question about a cigarette and cancer link. Some people still are not convinced. It may also take years to gather data to conclusively answer the question of a cell phone and cancer link. A little less cell phone use can’t hurt.