Monsanto Roundup Linked to Cancer
The popular weed killer Roundup contains a probable human carcinogen and is linked to an increased risk of:
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Soft tissue carcinoma
- Bone cancer
Nearly 250 million pounds of Roundup are sprayed on crops, golf courses, commercial nurseries, driveways, lawns, and sidewalks across the country. If you have been exposed to Roundup weed killer and have developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma or another type of cancer, you may be eligible for compensation.
At least 37 lawsuits in 21 different district courts have been centralized in Multidistrict Litigation in the Northern District of California under U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria. (MDL No 2741). These lawsuits have been filed by agricultural workers, landscapers, and private homeowners who were harmed by Roundup.
Some of these cases include:
- Field worker Enrique Rubio developed bone cancer after being exposed to Roundup (Case No. 2:15-cv-7426)
- Aaron Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after Roundup exposure on a macadamia farm and his own property (Case 1:16-cv-00075-ACK-RLP)
- Anthony McCall died of complications of lymphoma after Roundup exposure (Case 2:16-cv-01609)
- Yolanda Mendoza was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup once a week on her property
- Anthony Harris was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup to control weeds in his garden for two years. (Case No. 3:16-cv-02275)
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the broad-spectrum weed killer Roundup by Monsanto which inhibits the function of a plant enzyme called EPSP synthase, which causes the plant to die. Since nearly all forms of vegetation require EPSP synthase to produce the proteins they need to grow, Roundup is a highly effective broad spectrum weed-killer.
Glyphosate is associated with the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Research shows that the combination of glyphosate with inert surfactant POEA makes Roundup even more toxic.
While Monsanto steadfastly maintains that Roundup is not dangerous, researchers determined that Roundup caused cancer in rodents clear back in the 1970s, and newer studies have found the chemical has a genotoxic effect on humans.
- November 2001, Canadian researchers published a study in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers showing the greater the exposure to Roundup, the higher the rate of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
- September 2003, researchers published data in Occupational and Environmental Medicine from three studies of Midwest farmworkers finding they had a 60 percent increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- October 2008, Swedish researchers published a study in the International Journal of Cancer that showed men who were exposed to Roundup had a double the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- In March 2015, the World Health Organization deemed Roundup a “probable human carcinogen.”
Use of Roundup grew exponentially across the U.S. after Monsanto developed Roundup-Ready crops, genetically modified crops that are resistant to glyphosate, which allows farmers to control weeds and vegetation without harming their crops. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops account for the majority of soybean and corn crops grown in our country.
However, farmers and agricultural workers from around the country are filing lawsuits against Roundup maker Monsanto alleging the toxic weed killer also causes:
- Bone cancer
- Colon cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Soft-tissue carcinoma
Glyphosate has been shown to damage DNA directly, but it also inhibits cytochrome P450 enzymes, creating an insidious impact on the body by damaging cellular systems, researchers showed in a study published in 2013 in the journal Entropy.
Filing a Claim
People who have been harmed by Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer are filing lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries and losses. These injured farmers, agricultural workers, landscapers, and homeowners may be able to recover compensation for:
- Current and future medical Bills
- Loss time at work and missed wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Permanent injuries
- Wrongful death
If you have been exposed to Roundup weed killer and you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other cancer or soft-tissue carcinoma, contact us as soon as possible. We hold Monsanto responsible for the injuries and suffering caused by its product Roundup and will fight to ensure you get the justice you deserve.