Roundup Cancer – Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Mounting evidence suggests that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system.

If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup or other glyphosate herbicide, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about filing a Roundup cancer lawsuit, please fill out this contact form or call us at 1-800-827-0087.

Monsanto Roundup Weed Killer

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Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer accounted for roughly $994 million in net sales between fiscal year 2013 and 2014.

While farmers account for the majority of Roundup sales, many Americans with a garden to tend likely have a small bottle of Roundup on hand to kill weeds.

The meteoric rise in Roundup’s popularity mirrors that of Monsanto’s own timeline—the agrochemical giant began selling herbicides in the mid-20th century, then developed genetically modified seeds that are resistant to the effects of non-selective herbicides. Both inventions made it easy for farmers to spray Roundup indiscriminately on large tracts of land, killing weeds without affecting their crops.

The problem is that Monsanto marketed Roundup as being a safe product for decades, even though the company allegedly knew that a Roundup cancer link existed, along with and a host of other serious health issues. A number of Roundup cancer studies have confirmed that glyphosate exposure is a probable cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers.

Roundup Cancer WHO Study: Glyphosate a Probable Cause of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Roundup weed killer and other companies’ products, has been listed as a probable cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm.

The 2015 IARC glyphosate classification was based on a review of multiple studies on the effects of glyphosate to agricultural and forestry workers since 2001.

The evidence shows that people who were exposed to glyphosate experienced higher reported incidences of non-Hodgkin lymphoma than those who weren’t exposed to the herbicide. The IARC report further points out that glyphosate is currently used in 750 products around the world, and use of the herbicide has “increased sharply with the development of genetically modified glyphosate-resistant crop varieties.”

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World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

2014 Roundup Cancer Study Links Glyphosate to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Over the last 30 years, there has been an increase in reported cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a major scientific review published in 2014. The study suggests that chemical pesticides and herbicides—particularly glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer—are a major contributing factor to the rising number of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases.

The Roundup cancer study, titled, “Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural Pesticide Chemical Groups and Active Ingredients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The paper focused on reviews and meta-analyses of nearly 30 years worth of epidemiological research examining the link between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and occupational exposure to 80 pesticide active ingredients and 21 chemical groups. The study notes that pesticides are often grouped according to the type of pests that they control; for example, fungicides are used to kill fungi, insecticides to kill insects, and herbicides to kill weeds and plants.

The 2014 glyphosate cancer study attempted to reconcile an apparent trend among farm workers who have low mortality rates but high reported incidents of cancer. Researchers believe that exposure to Roundup may best explain this contradiction, as the Roundup cancer study found that being exposed to glyphosate doubled an individual’s risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Aside from demonstrating that pesticide exposure in occupational agricultural settings is an important determinant of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the study also found that glyphosate exposure was linked to a common non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtype, B-cell lymphoma.

Other Studies Showing Roundup Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Link

A number of older Roundup cancer studies researching occupational glyphosate exposure in Sweden, the U.S. and Canada found increased incidences of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, even after adjustments for other pesticides.

  • International Journal of Cancer (2008) – This Swedish study found that glyphosate exposure doubled the risk of individuals developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma within 10 years.
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2003) – An American study examining thousands of farm workers in the Midwest, found increased incidences of non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses associated with exposure to glyphosate.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Farming Communities

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According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, there is a higher reported incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in farming communities. A number of studies (including those listed above) have suggested that specific ingredients in herbicides and pesticides are linked to lymphoma. The volume of lymphoma cases caused by such herbicide and pesticide exposures has not yet been determined, which is why there is a pressing need for more glyphosate research, particularly on the adverse health effects associated with exposure.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Victims Making the Decision to File a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit

A number of farmers and others working in agriculture have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, the manufacturers of Roundup, claiming their non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by occupational exposure to Roundup [glyphosate].

Below are some examples of recently filed Roundup cancer lawsuits:

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Jack McCall

March 2016 – The family of Cambria, California farmer Jack McCall, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monsanto, claiming that McCall’s cancer was caused by Roundup exposure. McCall was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup for nearly 30 years on his 20-acre fruit and vegetable farm. He died in December of 2015 after suffering a massive stroke due to complications from cancer. Baum Hedlund and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., represent the McCall Family.

February 2016 – California couple James and Brenda Huerta filed a Roundup cancer lawsuit against Monsanto claiming exposure to glyphosate caused Brenda to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The Roundup cancer lawsuit claims that both were exposed to the herbicide while living on a sod farm where glyphosate was sprayed between 2004 and 2008.

November 2015 – Christine Sheppard owned and worked on a coffee farm in Hawaii between 1995 and 2004. For around eight years, she relied on Monsanto Roundup [glyphosate] to kill weeds on her farm. Sheppard alleges her exposure to Roundup is the cause of her non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In her Roundup cancer lawsuit, she claims that Monsanto failed to warn the public about the dangers of glyphosate.

October 2015 – Joselin Barrera and Elias de la Garza of Texas filed Roundup cancer lawsuits claiming their non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses are related to exposure to glyphosate. Joselin Barrera is the child of farm workers and Elias de la Garza is a former farm worker and landscaper.

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