Roundup, a popular weedkiller manufactured by Monsanto, has reportedly been linked to an increased risk of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, bone cancer, skin tumors and other adverse side effects. Monsanto’s weed-killing products are used throughout the world. Roundup is used by farmers and backyard gardeners. Industry-funded research reportedly found Roundup to be a relatively safe product for weed control. However, a growing number of Monsanto lawsuits claim otherwise and link Roundup to an increased chance of developing cancer.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup weed killer, you may have a legal claim. Contact McDonald Worley today to schedule a free case evaluation with a RoundUp lawsuit attorney.
Roundup and Cancer Link
Since 2001, several studies have been published in the United States, Canada, and Sweden about the Roundup cancer link. These studies found that people who were exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, for less than 10 years were more likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system.
Researchers began to study the potential risk of glyphosate cancer after observing that farmers were increasingly being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reportedly began suspecting a Roundup and cancer link in the 1980s.
In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer released a report indicating it had classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and that it was associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hundreds of lawsuits were subsequently filed against Monsanto by plaintiffs who had used Roundup and were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Many of the plaintiffs say they were unaware of the potential Roundup cancer link until they saw the IARC report.
Lawsuits Allege Roundup Causes Cancer
Since the IARC report’s 2015 release, Monsanto has been facing a growing number of Roundup cancer lawsuits filed by farmers, farmworkers, landscapers and home gardeners. These plaintiffs allege Roundup caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Treatment of Roundup cancer is extensive and typically results in hefty medical bills and diminished quality of life. It may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or medication, which can cause the patient to suffer uncomfortable side effects.
More than 800 people have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, claiming the company failed to warn consumers about the possibility that Roundup causes cancer.
According to the Roundup lawsuits, Roundup poses a higher cancer risk than other glyphosate-containing herbicides because Roundup allegedly contains animal fats and other ingredients that make glyphosate even more carcinogenic.
Monsanto disputes the allegations and stands by the safety of Roundup. The company claims that there is no proof that glyphosate is carcinogenic.
Did Monsanto Hide Roundup’s Cancer Link?
In March 2017, a California federal court unsealed documents related to Monsanto’s safety and research practices. These documents reportedly included some of Monsanto’s internal emails and emails between Monsanto and federal agencies.
Monsanto was reportedly notified about the contents of the IARC report several months before it was published. In an attempt to reduce the impact of the report on Roundup’s safety record, Monsanto engaged in a public relations campaign disputing the claim that glyphosate is carcinogenic.
These unsealed documents suggest Monsanto had ghostwritten research and published it under the names of academics. A senior official at the EPA had also reportedly sought to suppress a review of glyphosate by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services. The documents suggest that members of the EPA disagreed about the agency’s safety assessment of the ingredient. Monsanto claims that the research was not ghostwritten and that the released emails were taken out of context.
Contact McDonald Worley for a Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another type of glyphosate cancer after using Roundup, you may have a legal claim.
If you qualify to file a Roundup cancer lawsuit, you could seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other losses you suffered after your cancer diagnosis. Although they cannot take your cancer away, the RoundUp attorneys at McDonald Worley will work tirelessly on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve.