Roundup is a non-selective herbicide commonly used to kill weeds. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is inhibiting a specific enzyme required for plant growth. By 2001, the Roundup weed killer was the most popular ingredient in American agriculture. Even today, Roundup is the most extensively used herbicide in the United States and worldwide.
Scientific studies show a connection between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Roundup. In the past thirty years, there is an increased number of reported cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The studies suggest that chemical pesticides and herbicides (mainly glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer) are the central reasons for the rising number of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases.
The Roundup cancer study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, showing meta-analyses of three decades of epidemiological research studying the connection between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and professional exposure to 80 pesticide active ingredients and 21 chemical groups.
The 2014 glyphosate cancer study tried to reconcile an apparent trend among farmworkers who have low mortality rates but high recorded occurrences of cancer. Researchers conclude that exposure to Roundup may best explain this contradiction since Roundup cancer study discovered that exposure to glyphosate duplicates the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
If you’ve been affected by Roundup or have questions about Roundup risks, contact a mass tort attorney that handles Roundup cases right away.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
The answer is yes, and Monsanto was fully aware of the connection between Roundup and cancer for decades.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that collaborates with the World Health Organization defined glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer.
The most associated cancer with glyphosate exposure is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The connection between Roundup and cancer is not just glyphosate. Roundup contains other toxic ingredients, and that also act synergistically to enhance the toxicity of glyphosate. Monsanto surely knew about this for many years; however, the company still declines to study the connection between cancer and the formulated Roundup product people use.
Glyphosate Herbicide and Cancer Link
Various studies show that continued exposure to glyphosate can cause DNA damage and DNA strand breaks, which is an essential precursor to cancer. The IARC evaluated the genotoxicity of Roundup and made a coclusion that there is strong evidence that glyphosate causes genotoxicity.
The glyphosate herbicide studies have shown that glyphosate exposure causes oxidative stress, which can be the reason for developing numerous health issues, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease. When the IARC evaluated whether glyphosate was associated with oxidative stress, they finalized that there is strong evidence that glyphosate can cause oxidative stress.
Some scientists connected Roundup’s association with various severe health conditions. They believe that the same mechanism that makes Roundup poisonous to weeds also makes it poisonous to the microbes within the human gut. Prolonged exposure to Roundup, leads to a chronic inflammatory state in the stomach and impaired gut barrier, which can cause long-term health consequences, including a higher risk of cancer.
How Can I Tell if I Got Cancer from Roundup?
Exposure for ten or more days use in a year to Roundup can potentially raise the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A 2001 study shows that the use of Roundup for more than ten hours for more than two days in a year could multiply the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Even if you used the product in your home and were exposed long enough to it, you face the risk of developing malignant disease.
Exposure to Roundup weed killer is also associated with other illnesses such as breast cancer, congenital disabilities, infertility, reproductive issues, miscarriage, autism, Alzheimer’s, depression, diabetes, liver disease, obesity, respiratory problems, etc.
The U.S. National Toxicology Program stated that Roundup is far more toxic than glyphosate in isolation.
Roundup is extensively used in the United States by agricultural workers and farmers. But, this product is widely used in the world, as well.
Since it was exposed that Roundup is linked with cancer, numerous Roundup users who were diagnosed with cancer filed lawsuits against the company.
Monsanto, the manufacturer, knew about the connection between their product and cancer but did not inform their users, because they did not want to lose their profit.
If you were diagnosed with cancer after prolonged usage of Roundup, you could file a lawsuit. Our team at Rueb Stoller Daniel has worked with such cases (in Washington D.C.) and knows how stressful and frustrating it can be to go through the process.
We will help you file the lawsuit and seek your compensation (for patients who have B-Cell or T-Cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma).