Roundup contains glyphosate, a cancer-linked chemical that accumulates in the body. Lawsuits have been filed by people who developed lymphocytic leukemia (CLL/SLL) who say Monsanto is downplaying the risk to protect billions of dollars in profits.
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Roundup Lymphocytic Leukemia Lawsuit
A woman who was diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia in 2012 has filed a Roundup lawsuit (PDF) against Monsanto. The woman worked at N&O Horticulture Products in New York from 1994-1998, where Roundup was routinely sprayed on indoor and outdoor plants. On several occasions, she became sick within hours of being exposed.
The lawsuit was filed in September 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York — In Re: Judy Fitzgerald v. Monsanto Co. — Case No. 2:15-cv-05494.
Roundup and Leukemia
In 2015, cancer-research experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.” They cited a number of studies showing it causes cancer in rats and mice. In humans, studies show higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in farm-workers in the U.S., Canada, and Sweden who were exposed.
How Long Does Roundup Stay in Food?
Roundup accumulates in leaves, grains, fruit, and the meat of animals like cows and rabbits. Roundup residues cannot be washed off and they are not broken down by cooking. Its residues remain stable in food for at least a year, even if the food is frozen, dried, or processed.
According to a study by researchers in Germany, “Glyphosate in urine and its accumulation in animal tissues is alarming even at low concentrations.”
What is Small Lymphocytic Leukemia?
Small Lymphocytic Leukemia (SLL) is a cancer that occurs when white blood cells called B-cell lymphocytes grow uncontrollably. SLL is the same disease as Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), but it occurs primarily in the lymph nodes rather than the blood or bone marrow. CLL and SSL cancer are a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Symptoms of SLL Cancer
SLL is generally slow-growing and does not cause any symptoms in its early stages. The first sign may be an unexplained flu-like illness or a painless swelling on the neck, armpit, or groin. Other symptoms may include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Night sweats
- Fever or chills
- Unexplained weight-loss
- Generally feeling unwell (malaise)
- Easy bruising
- Shortness of breath or pale skin
As the disease progresses, cancer cells crowd out healthy cells. This makes it harder for the body to fight infections and control bleeding. In some people with lymphoma, the immune system attacks itself and causes life-threatening anemia and thrombocytopenia.
About 5% of patients with SLL develop Richter’s Syndrome, a complication that occurs when SLL transforms into a fast-growing and aggressive type of cancer known as Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL).
Known Risk-Factors for SLL
- Family history
- Having a parent, sibling, or child with SLL
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Agent Orange (herbicide used in Vietnam War)
- Long-term exposure to some pesticides in farming
- Male gender
- Ancestry — SLL is common in North America and Europe, but rare in Asia
Diagnosis & Tests
Most cases of SLL are diagnosed when a patient has a blood test for another reason and it shows abnormal blood cell counts. Lymph node biopsies (tissue sample) may be needed for a conclusive diagnosis.
Treatment for CLL/SLL Cancer
SLL is not usually curable, but patients often survive for a long time and remain in remission for many years. The problem is that SLL grows so slowly that normal cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy are not very effective. For patients without symptoms, doctors may recommend a “watch and wait” approach.
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