Roundup, a popular weed killer manufactured by Monsanto, has reportedly been linked to an increased risk of different types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, bone cancer, skin tumors and other adverse side effects.
Monsanto’s weed-killing products have been used throughout the world. Roundup is commonly used in the agricultural industry and by backyard gardeners. Industry-funded research reportedly found Roundup to be a relatively safe product for weed control. However, a growing number of Monsanto lawsuits claim otherwise and assert Roundup causes cancer.
LINK BETWEEN ROUNDUP AND CANCER
Since 2001, several studies have been published in the United States, Canada and Sweden about the Roundup cancer link. These studies found that people who were exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, were more likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system.
Researchers began to study the potential risk of glyphosate cancer after observing that farmers were increasingly being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reportedly began suspecting a Roundup and cancer link in the 1980s.
In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer released a report indicating it had classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and that it was associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Scientists at Monsanto knew of the cancer risk posed by Roundup as far back as the 1970s, but did not inform the public. In a San Francisco, California a former grounds keeper who was diagnosed with cancer after years of exposure to Roundup was recently awarded $39 million for his losses. A jury awarded an additional $250 million to punish Monsanto for a design defect and for failing to warn of Roundup’s risks.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer after regular exposure to Roundup weed killer, you may have a legal claim. To learn more give us a call at 225.687.1111.