Cancer-causing chemicals are all around us — and a common herbicide may be one of them. Roundup, a common weed killer, uses several chemicals to create just the right mix of substances to kill weeds. It is often used by both homeowners and by commercial lawn care companies and other businesses. The Roundup solution contains a chemical called glyphosate, which may be linked to the development of cancer. If you have used Roundup regularly and have developed cancer, there could be a connection. Likewise, if a loved one was lot due to cancer and may have been exposed to Roundup, you may also have a legal claim. You need to talk to a Roundup cancer lawsuit attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.
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What is the status of Roundup cancer lawsuits in the United States?
In August 2018, a jury ordered Monsanto, the company that makes Roundup, to pay a man who argues that he got cancer because of using Roundup on a regular basis. He received $289 million in damages. The man was a school groundskeeper in California and regularly used Roundup to kill weeds as part of his job. He stated that he likely used Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto product, roughly 30 times per year at the county school system in which he worked.
The man involved in that lawsuit contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymph system. He was 46 at the time the jury came back with the results of his lawsuit.
The claim in that lawsuit was that Monsanto failed to warn its users about the severe risks of getting cancer when consumers used their product. But this man is not alone. Another roughly 5,000 similar lawsuits are pending throughout the United States.
Based on the results of the California lawsuit, the similar legal claims may have winning results for cancer victims who used Roundup throughout the rest of the country.
Why is Roundup dangerous?
Roundup contains a commonly used herbicide called glyphosate. This substance is widely used as a weed killer on both private and commercial properties. It’s also sprayed directly on crops throughout the United States. In fact, some studies have noted that glyphosate can be found in a wide variety of cereals and other breakfast food products.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and several independent studies have found a link between the development of cancer and glyphosate. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is WHO’s cancer-research division, reported that there was a positive association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It also noted that glyphosate damages DNA in both human cell and animal studies. The report was issued in 2015. Although other countries have banned Roundup, it’s still in use regularly throughout the United States.
Regardless of the actual connection between cancer and Roundup, the central issue in Roundup lawsuits is that Monsanto should have told its consumers that there may be a connection between Roundup use and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that Monsanto reportedly took steps to hide this information from the public.
If you have any signs of symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you need to see a medical professional right away. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is associated with the following symptoms:
- Night sweats
- Stomach pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
Do not wait to get diagnosed. This type of cancer is treatable if detected early.
Is Roundup associated with any other health conditions?
Roundup may also be related to additional health hazards, including:
- ADHD, based on glyphosate’s capacity to cause problems related to thyroid hormone functions
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Anencephaly (a birth defect related to the absence of a major portion of the brain in unborn babies) and other birth defects
- Certain types of brain cancers
- Different types of cancers, including lung, prostate, and breast cancers
- Gluten intolerance and celiac disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Liver disease
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Reproductive problems
- Respiratory illnesses
These health conditions can be caused by other factors as well, including your environment and genetics. It’s difficult to determine whether any of these health hazards were a direct result of exposure to Roundup, but you may be able to get a professional examination and diagnosis that correlates your condition to the exposure. Having this type of evidence will be very helpful for your legal case. Even someone with a genetic history of one of these conditions may have a valid lawsuit if exposure to a chemical contributed to what happened.
A Roundup lawsuit attorney can help you with this process by connecting you with doctors who have the right type of experience to make this kind of diagnosis.
Who is at risk of developing cancer because of Roundup?
Although glyphosate has been found in some foods, studies indicate that you would have to consume it at very high levels for it to pose a real risk to your health. The people most at risk, therefore, are those who regularly work with Roundup itself. These individuals often include:
- Garden center employees
- Those who have extensive personal or community gardens or small farming operations
- Landscapers or lawn care workers
- Those who work in nurseries
- Potentially, neighbors of farms or large properties that use Roundup
Exposure to glyphosate is commonly achieved simply by breathing it in as you apply it to crops or other plants. But, you can also come in contact with it in your drinking water, while cleaning up weed killer chemicals, or eating food that’s contaminated with it.
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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup, you may have legal rights. Let John Foy & Associates walk you through your legal options. We can give you a FREE consultation—and we charge you nothing, ever, if we don’t get money for you. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your free consultation today.