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Top Facts You Should Know About Roundup and Lymphoma

Posted on 14th August, 2019

by Legal Staff

Bayer recently bought Monsanto and produces the popular weed killer Roundup. The company has been under great pressure to settle cases, or at least avoid another round of trials.

The first three visits to the courtroom netted Bayer zero wins in cases where plaintiffs accused the company of producing a dangerous chemical despite the known risks to the public.

So, a legal precedent has been set for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma sufferers and they have been awarded millions of dollars after proving Monsanto knew the risks. Have you or somebody you know been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma? Contact us today.

The news reports about the Glyphosate exposure and its cancer risk have flooded the media ever since the Johnson vs Monsanto verdict. Besides this, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) also reported that high levels of Glyphosate were detected in children's cereals such as Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and Cheerios. This added on to the Glyphosate fear and meanwhile, other sources such as CBS reported various food products that contained Glyphosate in levels higher than that considered safe by scientists.

The jury in the Johnson's case was considering the herbicide formulations such as Roundup Pro and Ranger Pro to which he was exposed to on the job and not Glyphosate alone. This is a landmark case that demonstrated Monsanto Corporation's negligence in revealing the danger in favor of their profit. Monsanto is continuing to face similar cases and there are more than 4,000 cases filed across the US.

Though the jury passed a verdict with certainty that Dewayne Johnson's cancer was caused by exposure to Roundup, scientists continue their research as they are not bound by legal rules or the pressure of rendering verdicts on time.

What Is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is the main ingredient used in Roundup weed killer, by far the most widely used herbicide in the world.

In March 2015, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) revealed that the key ingredient of Roundup-glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Following which, there are several ongoing studies on glyphosate and cancer.

Adverse Health Effects Caused by Glyphosate Containing Products

Apart from Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, glyphosate has been linked with other disorders such as:

  • Leukemia
  • Brain cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Birth defects

Roundup Settlements And Litigation

In the midst of mounting evidence concerning the potential carcinogenic effects of Roundup weed killer, some 4,000 plaintiffs have already sued Monsanto for Roundup exposure that they claim caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As of May 2018, more than 400 lawsuits were pending in the Northern District of California, where the federal Roundup multi-district litigation is being overseen by Judge Vince Chhabria and thousands of similar claims are pending in state courts across the country. In June 2018, a father of three in California became the first person to take Monsanto to trial on allegations that the company spent decades hiding the cancer risk of Roundup herbicide products.

Scientific Studies Show Links Between Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Roundup

According to a scientific review article published in 2014, there has been an unprecedented increase in the reported cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The use of pesticides and herbicides, particularly Glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup is the major contributing factor to the increasing number of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a paper that included reviews and meta-analyses examining the link between occupational exposure to 80 active ingredients of pesticides and 21 chemical groups. The 2014 study on Glyphosate related cancer reconciled that farmworkers have low mortality rates but more incidents of cancer. This contradiction is because of Roundup exposure according to researchers and moreover, the Roundup cancer study established that Glyphosate exposure doubles an individual's risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In addition, the study also found that Glyphosate exposure was particularly linked to B-cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

A few older studies that involved research on occupational glyphosate exposure have also found increased incidences of non-Hodgkin lymphoma:

  • International Journal of Cancer (2008) - This Swedish study established that glyphosate exposures will double the risk of individuals developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma within a span of 10 years.
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2003) - An American study that included thousands of farmworkers from the Midwest, found that an increased incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses was associated with glyphosate exposure in the farms.
  • Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention (2001) - Canadian researchers have found a dose-response relationship between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and has a history of using Roundup, Atraxia Law can help. We help people like yourself, who have been involved with challenging personal injuries, find out if they potentially qualify to file a claim.

The experienced and knowledgeable team of experts at Atraxia Law will carefully go over your specific Roundup injury situation and will determine if you meet the preliminary requirements for a claim. This process is a quick and easy, unambiguous phone call with one of our case managers, so don't hesitate to contact Atraxia Law today.