The chemical exposure injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center are currently accepting cases related to Roundup, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other diseases caused by carcinogenic chemicals in weed killing products.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is the most widely used weed killing product in the U.S. The broad-spectrum herbicide is chemically formulated to kill unwanted plants that threaten the growth of healthy crops. The weed killer contains the dangerous chemical glyphosate to block access to an enzyme that plants need to live. The product’s label reveals that the product is formulated with 41 percent glyphosate and 59 percent other active and inert ingredients that the labeling fails to identify.
Because most farmers managing agricultural crop lands use Roundup, dangerous glyphosate residue can be found in all kinds of foods including organic eggs, honey, wheat, oats, and soy coffee creamer. Over 80 percent of commercial agriculture croplands in America have been sprayed with Roundup during the growing season to produce crops including soybeans, sorghum, cotton, corn, canola, alfalfa, and sugar beets. While not all food grown using Roundup are fed to humans, some of the treated food is fed to animals used as a food source including chickens, pigs, and cows. Some farmers spray Roundup on wheat just prior to being harvested to ensure it dries out completely.
The Active Ingredient Glyphosate
In 1974, the agricultural chemical company Monsanto developed and commercialized glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. The ingredient is effective at inhibiting access to enzymes that promote its life and growth. In addition to the active ingredient, the product is formulated with POEA (polyethoxylated tallow amine), a chemical sticky soap -like surfactant that is known to be highly toxic to marine animals.
Monsanto claims that the toxicity levels of glyphosate are nil and harmless to humans and animals. However, combining glyphosate with POEA has been found to be extremely hazardous. While the active ingredient can be found in every Roundup product including Roundup Culture and Roundup Pro, there are other products that contain this highly dangerous chemical including:
- Monsanto products including Accord, Honcho, Pondmaster, Poncho, Expedite, Campain, Bronco, Landmaster, Rascal, Protocol, Fallow Master, and others
- Glyphosate Herbicide (Dupont)
- Touchdown (Zeneca)
- MirageR (Platte)
- Rattler (Helena)
- and others
In 2015, the WHO (World Health Organization) division IARC (International Agency for Research and Cancer) declared the active ingredient in Roundup herbicides (glyphosate) is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The organization based their warning on convincing evidence that the dangerous chemical caused the development of cancer in laboratory mice and rats.
To date, limited evidence exists that link the development of cancer and the use of Roundup herbicides. However, some scientists believe the chemical is related to the development of:
- DNA/chromosomal damage
- Kidney cancer
- Skin cancer
- Oral cavity cancer
- Neck cancer
- Synovial sarcoma
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Multiple myelomas
- Cancer of the thyroid, throat, esophagus, or tongue
- other cancers including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Recent studies have correlated cancer development and the exposure to large amounts of the herbicide Roundup and farm workers in the United States, Sweden, and Canada.
However, unsuspecting exposure to the active ingredients in Roundup can occur in many different environmental settings including residential gardens, forests, golf courses, parks, and local farms. The product is sold at home improvement centers and used by home gardeners, landscapers, groundskeepers, turf managers, agricultural workers, and farmers.
An EPA warning
In the 1980s, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency issued a public warning stating that the active ingredients found in Roundup could be causing cancer. This came after research reports revealed that a decade of using glyphosate in pesticides showed correlations between exposure to the chemical and the development of cancer. Even so, Monsanto continued using the active ingredient in the Roundup products and other herbicides marketed to the public, farmers, and businesses.
Oddly, in 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency change their mind about the dangerous chemical and presented research data that showed a “lack of convincing evidence of carcinogenicity.” Fortunately, researchers continued with their inquiries and studies to determine if there was a connection between cancer development and Roundup weed killer.
In March 2015, the IARC revealed new findings from multiple studies showing that the chemical “probably [is] carcinogenic to humans.” Even with new evidence showing the dangerous side effects of glyphosate used in Roundup and other herbicides, Monsanto and other companies still market their products using the potentially carcinogenic chemical.
Who Does This Affect?
Humans and animals who have been exposed to harmful ingredients found in the herbicide Roundup have the potential of developing serious health problems including leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Those most at risk of suffering adverse events and serious side effects include commercial gardeners, landscapers, and farmers who use the strongest commercial grade herbicidal formulas that Monsanto sells. In addition, individuals exposed to weaker formulas of the dangerous active ingredients in Roundup and other herbicides could also be at serious risk of developing life-threatening diseases.
While those that come in direct contact with large amounts of the dangerous herbicide are most likely to develop life-threatening side effects, it is possible to be harmed when consuming produce that contains trace amounts of Roundup or other dangerous herbicides. This can occur because most crops are treated (contaminated) by the weed killer in the soil that produces crops that will later be consumed by humans and animals. In recent years, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) started testing food products for herbicidal residue absorbed into the plants when growing.
Many individuals suffering serious adverse events after exposure to minimal traces and large amounts of Roundup or other dangerous herbicides will develop life-threatening blood cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The disease develops when the individual’s white blood cells are attacked and some are destroyed, which will dangerously weaken the body’s immune system. Typically, cancer will begin to develop throughout the body and lymph nodes. However, it can be displayed in nearly any other area of the body.
The most common non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma symptoms include:
- Ongoing fatigue
- Sudden weight loss
- Night sweats
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Difficulty in breathing
- Incessant coughing
- Chest pain
While the disease can be treated, the course of effective treatment often depends on cancer’s severity and whether it has metastasized (spread) to other areas of the body. Some individuals suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma will need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy in an effort to minimize symptoms and stop the spread of cancer to other areas of the body.
A Glyphosate and Lymphoma Correlation
Numerous study results have shown a correlation between exposure to glyphosate and the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other serious cancers. Some of these correlations include:
- 2001 – A Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers Journal study published by Canadian researchers revealed a correlation does exist between the development of lymphoma and exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup
- 2003 – Study results by researchers in the United States published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Journal found a correlation between Midwest farm workers exposed to Roundup weed killer and the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- 2008 – Swedish Researchers published study results in the International Journal of Cancer quantifying how much exposure to Roundup chemicals raises the risk of developing cancer. The study results showed that individuals exposed to the active dangers ingredient glyphosate in Roundup were twice as likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma within 10 years compared to those not exposed to the chemical.
Cancers Caused by Chemical Exposure
Reports published by Reuters, The National Health Institute, Web M.D., the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and others have revealed a correlation between using Monsanto Roundup in the development of cancer. These include:
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI):
- 2013 – Reports from study results revealed that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, might induce the growth of breast cancer cells.
- 2010 – The NCBI publishes research data showing individuals who have been exposed to the dangerous chemicals in Roundup and 80 percent increased the potential risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.
- 2010 – The NCBI publishes a report indicating there is a direct correlation of elevated risks of developing testicular cancer and the use of Roundup chemicals by professional pesticide applicators.
- 2004 – The NCBI publishes a report showing researchers have correlated exposure to glyphosate and the development of bladder cancer increases up to 60 percent. The study also concluded that exposure to the chemical increases the potential rate of developing cancers of the rectum, colon, and kidneys.
National Cancer Institute (NCI):
- 2016 – The NCI’s Agricultural Health Study revealed that the development of prostate cancer was significantly higher in farmers compared to men with other occupations.
- 2007 – A report filed by Reuters revealed that researchers have correlated exposure to heavy pesticide chemicals among farmers and the increased potential risk of developing brain cancer.
- 2015 – The website published an article stating that the IARC was alarmed by a 2015 setting showing that the dangerous chemical used in Roundup, glyphosate, was a “probable human carcinogen” that might be linked to the development of lung cancer.
What to Do
The health of every loved one is priceless, where every effort should be made to minimize exposure to chemicals that could cause cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Battling any serious disease can devastate the strongest among us. Individuals who have been exposed to harmful chemicals and become sick often live a diminished quality of life while undergoing her treatment including radiation and chemotherapy that often produces lifelong consequences.
If exposure to Roundup or another herbicide, pesticide, insecticide, or bug killer caused you to become ill the life-changing consequences your living now could have been prevented. Had you been made aware that exposure to toxic chemicals in herbicides could cause serious problems because of its carcinogenic ingredients, you would have gone to great lengths to protect your health.
The devastating outcome of your new life of suffering is likely Monsanto’s fault and they deserve to pay you compensation for the harm they caused. However, these cases are complex and often require an intelligent legal mind with years of experience in handling product liability litigation cases. An attorney who specializes in product liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and personal injury cases can ensure your family receives financial recompense for everything they have lost because you were injured.
Pursue a Roundup Injury Lawsuit
The herbicide injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center can assist you in pursuing a Roundup injury lawsuit to ensure you receive recompense. We understand that Monsanto will not cut a check for your injuries until we file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf. Our team of dedicated lawyers can fight aggressively on your behalf and handle every aspect of your case from filing a claim to negotiating a settlement or presenting evidence at trial.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered serious injuries after being exposed to the harmful chemicals in Roundup, we urge you to contact us today to schedule a case consultation at no charge to you. We accept herbicide injury cases through contingency fee agreement so no upfront payment is required.