Roundup (glyphosate) is a weed-killer that was called a “probable human carcinogen” after studies around the world found it could increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Monsanto is facing lawsuits for failing to warn about this risk.
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Roundup Lymphoma Lawsuits
Monsanto is facing a growing number of lawsuits from people who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, bone cancer, or leukemia after being exposed to Roundup (glyphosate). Monsanto is accused of negligence for downplaying these severe, life-threatening health risks.
One recent lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a man in New York who started using Roundup in 1995 to control weeds on his property, walkways, and around the foundation of his home. He continued using Roundup for more than 10 years and took safety precautions. Even so, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in April 2011.
Monsanto is also facing a class action lawsuit (Case No: BC-578-942) in Los Angeles Superior Court. The plaintiffs accuse Monsanto of false advertising for claiming that glyphosate is safe, and they are seeking refunds on behalf of everyone who bought Roundup.
Roundup and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
In March 2015, glyphosate was declared a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The experts warned about “convincing evidence” linking Roundup and cancer in rodent studies. In humans, several studies have found evidence of genotoxicity and cancer:
- International Journal of Cancer (October 2008): Swedish study found that men who were exposed to Roundup were at least twice as likely to be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Occupational and Environmental Medicine (September 2003): Roundup exposure was linked to a 60% increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in pooled data from three large studies of farmworkers the midwestern United States.
- Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers (November 2001): Canadian study found a dose-response relationship between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, suggesting that more exposure could increase the risk of this cancer.
What is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is a common type of cancer that starts in lymphocytes, which are white blood cells in the immune system that help the body fight diseases. About 75,000 people are diagnosed with NHL every year in the United States.
- What is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
- What are symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
- What causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
- How is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma treated?
Signs & Symptoms
The first sign of NHL is often a lump under the skin or a lymph node that is swollen and hard. NHL can occur in almost any part of the body, and symptoms vary depending on where it is located (lymph node, chest, brain, abdomen, or skin). It may not cause any symptoms until tumors have grown very large. The most common symptoms include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Swollen abdomen (stomach area)
- Feeling full after eating only a small amount of food
- Chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath, cough
- Night sweats
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Low red blood cell counts (anemia)
Diagnosis & Treatment
Patients may need to have surgery to remove a small tissue sample (biopsy) from the lump and examine it under a microscope to look for cancer cells. Patients may also need to undergo imaging tests (ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, etc.) and blood tests. The treatment options for NHL depend on the type of lymphoma and how far it has spread. The main treatment options include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation, and stem cell transplants. In rare cases, surgery is also used to remove cancerous tissue.
Subtypes of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Large Diffuse B-cell (DLBCL)
- Follicullar Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell
- Anapalastic T-cell
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
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