If you use Roundup weed-killer, could you be at risk of getting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer? That is a question that many have been asking for some time, including victims filing lawsuits against Monsanto, the company behind the popular product. Now, California has acted against Monsanto. Per US News & World Report, California may soon require Roundup weed-killer sold in the state to include a label warning consumers about the product’s cancer risk.
Can Roundup Weed Killer Cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Roundup is a weed and grass killing herbicide made by Monsanto. Roundup is the second most used herbicide in homes and gardens in the US and the most popular herbicide used in agricultural sectors nationwide. As such, Roundup is used on approximately 80 percent of the farmland in our country, including wheat, canola, soybeans and corn. In addition, many of these crops are fed to animals, such as cows, chickens and pigs, which are later used to produce milk, slaughtered for bacon and used in the poultry industry. Therefore, Roundup is present within a large part of our food chain.
Roundup’s main ingredient is Glyphosate. Questions about whether Glyphosate was safe began to arise in the 1980s. That’s when the Environmental Protection Agency issued a warning about cancer risks associated with Glyphosate. In 2001, a group of Canadian scientists discovered a connection between Glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This type of cancer grows in the lymphocytes, which are the white blood cells that help our bodies fight disease.
In 2003, an American study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine revealed data that showed that farmworkers exposed to Glyphosate developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at an increased rate compared to the rest of society. As more and more studies find cancer risks associated with Glyphosate and Roundup, Monsanto has become the target of lawsuits. As of October of last year, 37 lawsuits had been filed against the chemical company.
If you believe you or someone you love may have been exposed to Glyphosate while using Roundup or some other product and suffered harm as a result, you should to talk to an experienced product liability lawyer as soon as possible.
Here in North Carolina there are a significant number of golf courses and agriculture that potentially expose workers on golf courses and farmers to Roundup. Our NC personal injury firm is reviewing claims on behalf of agriculture workers as well as any other men and women who develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup weed-killer. We offer free consultations where we analyze your claim, tell you whether you have a valid case, answer your questions and discuss the best options available to you and your family moving forward.