Roundup Weed Killer
Linked to Multiple Types of Cancer
Since 1974, Roundup, a chemical herbicide used for personal and commercial purposes worldwide, has been produced by Monsanto (currently owned by Bayer.) The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which kills various plants by blocking the proteins they need for growth, but glyphosate may also be harmful to humans and animals. Unfortunately, glyphosate has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and related cancers.
What is Glyphosate?
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease, Glyphosate is the active ingredient in weed killer products such as Roundup™. Roundup is one of the most widely used weed killers worldwide in farms and in home gardens, and lawns.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen. While there has been some disagreement among regulatory agencies as to the carcinogenic properties of glyphosate, dozens of countries around the world have banned or taken steps to ban the sale of glyphosate-containing products. Unfortunately, the United States has not followed the lead of these countries, and the sale of Roundup remains legal in the United States.
What are the Risks Associated with Roundup Weed Killer?
Exposure to glyphosate may cause cancer to develop, particularly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or various other types of cancer. This has occurred in individuals, including landscapers, groundskeepers, commercial crop growers, farmers, hobby gardeners, and homeowners.
In March 2015, IARC classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A). The University of Washington also conducted a study and found that individuals who were exposed to glyphosate had an overall increase in the risk of cancer of 41%.
How Are People Exposed to Glyphosate in Roundup?
Glyphosate exposure can happen through skin or eye contact and inhalation during application. If the concentration of the chemical is high enough, even a single interaction with glyphosate can result in side effects. Glyphosate must pass through the entire body and is excreted through urine or feces, indicating that the whole body can be exposed both internally and externally.
How Do You Find Out Whether You Have a Legal Claim Resulting from the Use of Roundup?
For years, AWKO has been representing individuals who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after exposure to Roundup. Our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources needed to evaluate your potential claim and advise whether you may have a legal claim resulting from your exposure to Roundup.
If you or a loved one developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and used Roundup give us a call today for a free consultation.