Over the years, millions of people have used and been exposed to Roudup (Chemical name of the main ingredient Glyphosate) as an herbicide, to kill weeds and grass. Exposure to the herbicide, and similar weedkillers, may be linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma or other cancers.
Roundup is manufactured by Monsanto and has been used since the 1970s. Anyone who has used Roundup, or any other herbicide or product containing Glyphosate, can be affected, especially those who have used it commercially or as part of their job, such as Farmers, Agricultural employees, Lawn Care employees, Landscapers, Golf Course employees, etc...
Dangers of Exposure
In March 2015, the International Agency For Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, published a determination in medical journal The Lancet Oncology, declaring that glyphosate was a probably carcinogen.
The IARC looked at both previous studies as well as animal testing on mice and concluded the evidence appeared to link Roundup exposure to:
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Renal Cell Carcinoma
- Pancreatic Islet Cell Tumors
- Skin Tumors
- DNA Damage
- Chromosomal Damage
Other studies have suggested that exposure can also cause Parkinson's Disease and premature birth, if exposed during pregnancy and have found Roundup residue in U.S. honey, breakfast cereals, popular snacks, in the air after spraying, but also in food and water. Some weeds have become resistant to Roundup, causing farmers to use more of the product. However, Roundup isn't the only product that contains Glyphosate. In 2000, Monsanto's patent expired and other companies began using Glyphosate in herbicides.
As a result of the serious injuries alleged to be caused by Roundup and other products containing Glyphosate, numerous lawsuits have been filed, alleging a failure to warn of the potential dangers associated with using a product containing Glyphosate, and that if warnings of the risk of cancer from Roundup exposure were provided, many users would have chosen to use another herbicide.
Here's a link for more information on Roundup and Glyphosate:
If you've worked in one of the jobs or industries listed above, or used Glypohosate and believe you may have sustained an injury/disease, call my office for a free consultation. I have over 25 years experience successfully handling serious personal injury cases.
All the Best,
RANDY C. REDDEN