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Roundup, a popular weed killer, has been declared a “probable human carcinogen” by the United Nation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  In a 2015 report, the IARC found that glyphosate, a main ingredient found in Roundup, may be linked to cancers like non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and lung cancer.  Studies around the world have also found evidence linking Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and several other cancers.  Farmers, landscapers and other individuals who regularly use Roundup may be at risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or other forms of cancer.  If you or a loved one was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from exposure to Roundup, please fill out our free case review form or contact us at 1.888.213.0761.

WHAT IS ROUNDUP?

Roundup, an herbicide, is manufactured by agrochemical company Monsanto, and is one of the most widely used lawn and garden weed killer on the U.S. market. The primary ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate which was first introduced by Monsanto in 1974.  Roundup (Glyphosate) is a broad-spectrum, non-selective herbicide is used to kill weeds that commonly compete with the growing of crops and plants.  Plants, or weeds, treated with glyphosate generally die within two to three days.  Glyphosate was used in combatting weeds by blocking proteins essential for plant growth which was advantageous for genetically engineered seeds that could tolerate the harsh chemical. These “Roundup Ready” seeds grow crops that are resistant to glyphosate, allowing farmers to spray Roundup onto their fields during the growing season without harming the crop.

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Farmers, landscapers and other individuals who use Roundup in mass quantities during their jobs have emerged to hold Monsanto accountable.  It’s alleged that their use of Roundup or similar herbicides containing glyphosate has caused non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer that attacks disease-fighting cells.  You can be exposed to glyphosate through ingestion, skin and/or inhalation. The NY Times reported that in the United States in 2015, 220 million pounds of glyphosate were used and the number keeps rising.  The World Health Organization, in conjunction with IARC, has found convincing evidence that glyphosate is causing cancer in lab animals that were given food sprayed with glyphosate solutions, like Roundup.  Several countries around the world have instituted bands on the sale of Roundup and other glyphosate-containing herbicides, both before and since the IARC first announced its assessment of glyphosate in March of 2015.

The IARC based this statement on several studies, published since 2001, including:

  • Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers, 2001: a Canadian study that found a significant association of glyphosate exposure with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for people exposed at least 10 days per year.

  • Leukemis and Lymphoma, 2002:  a Swedish study found a statistically significant association of glyphosate exposure with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia, and that risks increased with increased exposure.

  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2003: an American study of over 3,400 farm workers in the Midwest which found a significant association of glyphosate exposure with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

  • The International Journal of Cancer, 2008: a Swedish study which concluded that exposure to glyphosate doubled the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma within less than ten years.

A number of people who care for farms or use Roundup regularly at their home or work are developing non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma after being exposed.

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NON-HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, or NHL, is a cancer that begins in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps fight infection and disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, the lymphoma tumors develop from a type of white blood cell known as lymphocytes.

Symptoms may include:

  • Painless, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin

  • Stomach pain or swelling

  • Chest pain, persistent coughing or trouble breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Night sweats

  • Weight loss

HOW WE CAN HELP

If you or a loved one have been exposed to Roundup and subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, we want to hear your story.  For more information, or to speak with someone about your potential case, please call us toll-free at 1.888.213.0761 or fill our free case review form.  FrancoLaw is experienced in handling toxic exposure cases and we welcome any questions you may have.