Is this popular weed killer doing more harm than killing unwanted weeds? Yes, according to the allegations in Roundup lawsuits popping up throughout the United States. Lawsuits allege that those exposed to Roundup may have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of exposure to glyphosate, the weed killer’s key ingredient.
Roundup’s Key Ingredient is “Probably Carcinogenic” According to the WHO
The claims are based, in part, on a 2015 report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization. The report noted that glyphosate found in Roundup and other similar products is “probably carcinogenic.” The report goes on to say that glyphosate caused cancer in lab tests on animals and found that the chemical damaged DNA in human cells. Damage to human cells may lead to cancer.
Roundup is Monsanto’s “flagship” product and the company has vigorously defended the safety of glyphosate. However, the safety of the chemical is far from settled science with ongoing conflicting information and opinions from the IARC, the EPA and the European Food Safe Agency.
Who is at Risk?
Those thought to be most at risk are individuals with frequent dermal (skin) or inhalation (breathing) exposure to Roundup and similar herbicides – people such as farm workers, landscapers, and nursery workers to name a few. People who use Roundup around their homes on a regular basis may also be at risk. Several farmers, landscapers and home users who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have come forward with their suspicions that the cancer was caused by exposure to Roundup Weed Killer.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that results in the body producing too many abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes;
- A swollen belly;
- Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing;
- Night sweats; and/or
- Weight loss.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after dermal or inhalation exposure to Roundup, our lawyers may be able to help you. The Lopez McHugh injury lawyers can evaluate your case and help you understand your rights. Please note that over time, certain claims become time-barred by applicable statutes of limitations, so please do not wait to contact us. Time is of the essence.