A successful businessman in California believes having often used cell phones is what led him to develop a brain tumor. Real estate agent Alan Marks is leading a campaign for more warning labels on cell phones after developing a malignant brain tumor the size of a golf ball.
“It was in the middle of the night, and I had a seizure,” Marks says. “The first thing I remember is waking up in the emergency room.” While the cancer could be removed, the recovery was a difficult process and Marks was left in no doubt as to the cause of his ordeal. “I know what it is. It was my cell phone use,” he insists. “There’s no way you could put something up to your head for twenty years and have it radiate, put radiation into your brain for that many years and not have cause something.”
While many cell phone companies continue to insist there is no evidence to support Marks’ claims, more and more studies are beginning to suggest just such a link and even some cell phone manufacturers are now recommending that the devices should not be placed directly next to the head. Marks and his family are now leading the charge to put warnings on the phones themselves, rather than just in the manual, which they believe is not enough and could easily be overlooked by consumers.