A group of medical researchers have found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, may cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other forms of cancer. In the wake of this study, many patients who suffer from cancer have taken legal action against Monsanto, the manufacturer of the widely used herbicide.
CNN reports that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a study of the potential dangers of glyphosate. The researchers concluded that glyphosate “is probably carcinogenic to humans.”
The CNN report profiles a number of patients who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after they used Roundup. They have initiated a class action product liability lawsuit. The patients allege that Monsanto “failed to warn consumers about the risk of cancer associated with Roundup products” and should be held liable for the harm they have suffered.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup weed killer, you should discuss your case with a lawyer as soon as possible. You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for your medical expenses, pain, suffering and more.
Monsanto claims that the IARC cancer study fails to provide definitive proof that Roundup herbicide has any direct link to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Specifically, Monsanto cites a report from the Cancer Assessment Review Committee at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In that report, the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee cites the 2005 Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment. That assessment found that glyphosate is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”
However, the plaintiffs in the Roundup class action lawsuit contend that the EPA’s guidelines are incomplete. CNN reports that the plaintiffs filed a motion to compel the deposition of a former EPA official who, they claim, “offered to stop an independent review on whether glyphosate could cause cancer.”
Many people in the agricultural industry have been exposed to Roundup through their daily work. However, landscapers, flower shop owners, golf course operators and homeowners use the herbicide as well.
The IARC report suggests that, “for the herbicide glyphosate, there was limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” but it also indicates that evidence exists to show that glyphosate can cause cancer. The IARC report spurred the class action lawsuit against Monsanto, CNN reports.
The American Cancer Society describes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a type of cancer that begins in the lymphocytes, or white blood cells of the body’s immune system. Since lymphocytes and lymph tissue are found throughout the body, lymphoma can start almost anywhere. Many different types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma exist and spread at different rates.
If you believe that Roundup exposure caused you or a loved one to suffer from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you should learn more about your right to file a claim for compensation. Contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. We can provide a free evaluation of your case and help you to explore the legal options available to you.