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The Shocking Link Between Roundup Weed Killer and Cancer
Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp injury lawyers are investigating potential cases against the manufacturer of Roundup Weed Killer after it was discovered that exposure to this consumer product can increase your risk of being diagnosed with cancer, specifically non-Hodgkins lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and/or leukemia. Juries across the country have been presented with evidence that is disturbing and infuriating.
This evidence indicates that large corporations like Monsanto and Bayer knew about the risk for cancer associated with Roundup Weed Killer but failed to warn consumers. As a result, juries have awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to plaintiffs who were harmed by Roundup weed killer. For example, a jury in California ordered the manufacturer of Roundup to pay a plaintiff approximately $289 million in damages.
If you or a family member was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a result of using Roundup weed killer, contact our law firm immediately to schedule a free, confidential case review.
What Exactly Is Roundup Weed Killer?
Roundup weed killer is a popular consumer product that can be found at major retailers like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc. It has been used for decades by consumers interested in improving their landscaping by eliminating weeds. However, multiple studies have come to light showing that the main weed-killing ingredient, glyphosate, can cause cancer in humans.
What Exactly Is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is an herbicide, meaning it is applied to plants in order to kill them. Glyphosate gained a reputation for being effective against most types of plants. For example, glyphosate is capable of killing both broadleaf plants and grasses. The chemical can also be used to regulate plant growth. Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the US, being used in agriculture, forestry, lawn care, gardening, and maintaining commercial properties.
How Many People Have Been Exposed to Glyphosate?
This is a good question without a definitive answer. However, considering Roundup was one of the most widely used in the country, there is a very good chance that potentially millions of people have been exposed to glyphosate and could be at higher risk of developing cancer. The cancer risks are higher for both well-to-do and middle-class folks, for young folks and old folks, and for both men and women. To highlight this fact, watch the video below featuring former NFL player Merrill Hodge who revealed that he is battling cancer and believes it was caused by his exposure to Roundup weed killer.
Who Is at Risk of Developing Cancer from Exposure to Roundup Weed Killer?
As mentioned, many people have likely been exposed to glyphosate in Roundup. These people generally include:
- Agricultural employees (e.g., pickers)
- Professional landscapers
Basically, anyone who sprayed Roundup to kill weeds around any property could be at risk of developing cancer. Those who used the product routinely and over longer periods of time may be at greater risk.
Profits Placed Over Safety
You may be asking yourself, “why would a company not want to remove a dangerous product from the public marketplace? Well, the answer is simple – money. A massive corporation like Monsanto did not want to remove Roundup from the marketplace because it generated tremendous amounts of profit.
How Roundup Can Cause Cancer
A study published in February 2019 found that exposure to glyphosate raises the risk of cancer by 41 percent. This study was a meta-analysis conducted by Science Direct that included a 2018 study published by Agricultural Health Study, along with five other case-control studies. The results of the research were shocking – the results showed “a compelling link” between glyphosate herbicides and an increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a form of cancer.
What Exactly Is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or NHL) is a type of cancer that begins in the white blood cells of your body’s immune system. These white blood cells are known as lymphocytes. NHL usually begins to develop in the body’s lymph nodes or other lymphatic tissue, but it can also begin development on the skin. This is a type of skin cancer. To be clear, lymphoma can also start in the following areas of the body:
- Lymph nodes
- Bone marrow
- Adenoids and tonsils
- Digestive tract
Risk of Developing Other Forms of Cancer
In addition to NHL, there is a risk of developing the following forms of cancer if you were exposed to Roundup weed killer for an extended period of time:
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
- Hairy Cell Lymphoma
- B or T-Cell Lymphoma
Do I Qualify for a Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Lawsuit?
Shapiro & Appleton is ready and able to meet with you during a free, confidential consultation to discuss the details of your situation and determine whether you have a viable claim. If you were exposed to Roundup and have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another type of cancer, contact our law firm right away.
Five Reasons Why You Should Contact Our Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Law Firm Today
- The lawyers at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp possess decades of combined legal experience
- The firm is recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report (since ’10) for personal injury litigation.
- Our team of personal injury and product defect attorneys have experience representing clients in mass tort claims and defective product injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
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