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More than 5,000 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of cancer survivors or their families against Monsanto, now a subsidiary of Bayer, alleging exposure to the weed killer RoundUp has caused their cancer. Over 400 of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of consumers, farmers, and landscapers, have been consolidated by Roundup settlement payout lawyers in San Francisco federal court under U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria. The rest of the cases have been filed in state courts across the country. Most all of the lawsuits accuse Monsanto of failing to warn that use of the product increases the risk of developing a blood cell cancer called non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
What’s Going on with RoundUp?
RoundUp is one of the most used herbicides in the United States. In fact, more than 150 million pounds of the product are used every year on golf courses, parks, lawns, in nurseries, and on driveways and sidewalks across the nation. And the use of the herbicides containing glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, has jumped more than 10-thousand percent since it hit the market in the 70s.
But glyphosate may be linked to an increase in the risk of developing certain types of cancer, even though the manufacturer continues to deem the chemical safe for use by the general public. In fact, Monsanto continues to promote the product as safe even while the World Health Organization listed it as a possible carcinogen. In fact, RoundUp has been declared by independent organizations as one of the most toxic weed-killers tested.
Potential Weed-Killer Associated Cancers
Cancers that have been associated with glyphosate exposure include:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Multiple myelomas
People who are diagnosed with these conditions have a greater risk of developing kidney disease and suffering kidney failure. Researchers studying the effects of the chemical on the body suggest that it may cause DNA mutations which lead to cancer, or it may kill enzymes that protect the body’s immune system.
The amount and duration of exposure may also have an impact on your health. For instance, though glyphosate is found in several products, the concentration of the chemical may cause issues. For example, workers in agriculture typically are exposed to greater amounts of the chemical then back-yard users, leading to more of the chemical entering their system and compromising their immune systems.
But RoundUp is also sold in varying concentrations. RoundUp Pro, as an example, contains a much higher concentration of glyphosate, as the bottle is about 50 percent concentrated chemical. Duration of exposure may also increase your risks as research showed that the risks of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma increased for those who worked in landscaping, on farms, and in garden centers had a higher risk, and those who worked in those fields for eight years or more had double the risk of cancer than the general population.
Any person who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup may be entitled to seek compensation for the injuries they have suffered and the losses they have sustained. A deeply experienced RoundUp attorney will be able to help you protect your rights and seek the most compensation available by law for your injuries.