Monsanto’s Roundup is the most used weed killer across the globe, with more than 250 million pounds used each year. The chemical is sprayed on gardens, in nurseries, on food crops, and nearly every other agricultural space prone to weeds or damaging pests. Unfortunately, workers or gardeners regularly exposed to Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, began to develop serious illnesses. In order to protect consumers, health organizations conducted studies to determine how safe Roundup really is.
In 2008, a study by The International Journal of Cancer found that men exposed to Roundup were twice as likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an aggressive blood cancer. After conducting their own studies, the World Health Organization made an announcement in 2015, declaring glyphosate a “probable carcinogen,” or a cancer-causing agent.
Roundup has been associated with the development of many cancers, including multiple myeloma, hairy cell leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, but most of all, non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that grows in white blood cells, also called lymphocytes. Normally these white blood cells work to fight infection, but the cancer cells that grow inside of them can cause severe damage. Sometimes the cancer cells grow slowly, but in other cases they can be very aggressive.
Who Could Be Effected?
While scientists agreed that no exposure to the chemical was entirely good, those most at risk for developing certain diseases associated with glyphosate were those exposed to Roundup on a regular basis. For example, farmers, nursery workers, or home gardeners face the highest risk because they breathe in the spray or touch the chemical on an almost daily basis.
Countless lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, leading to a mass tort against the company. Any of those who were exposed to Roundup and later developed a serious illness, like blood cancer, may have a claim. Many of the lawsuits have been filed on behalf of agricultural workers, though some home gardeners claim to have been harmed as well. Claims state that Monsanto failed to warn the public of the dangers of the chemical, despite knowing for more than 30 years that it was potentially hazardous. Monsanto has also been accused of falsifying data in an attempt to prove Roundup was safe for use by conducting a bogus health study. Those looking to file a claim and add to the mass tort should consider speaking to a product liability attorney immediately.
Contact Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. today if you were diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup.