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Exposure to the herbicide glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup and similar weedkillers, may be linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma or other cancers. 

STATUS OF ROUNDUP LAWSUITS: Product liability lawyers are reviewing potential class action lawsuits and individual Roundup cancer lawsuits for users diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lyphoma or other cancers following heavy exposure to Roundup.



OVERVIEW: The herbicide glyphosate has been in use since the 1970s, when Monsanto first introduced it as Roundup. Since then it has become the most widely used herbicide in the world.

Monsanto has engineered crops that are glyphosate resistant, which encourages farmers to heavily spray with the herbicide to get rid of competing weeds. However, the weeds adapt to glyphosate exposure over time, requiring farmers, agricultural workers, turf managers, landscapers and migrant field workers to spray more and more heavily, thus increasing their exposure over time.

Monsanto’s patent protection for Roundup expired in 2000, giving rise to a number of glyphosate-using competitors.

ROUNDUP CANCER PROBLEMS: For years, researchers have linked herbicides to an increased risk of cancer, specifically Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL). However, recent studies have specifically looked at the side effects of Roundup, linking glyphosate exposure to ailments suffered by many agricultural workers.

Some researchers have found signs of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma with Roundup exposure, DNA and chromosomal damage, as well as an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. Recent studies have found Roundup residue in U.S. honey, breakfast cereals and popular snacks.

In March 2015, the International Agency For Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, published a determination in medical journal The Lancet Oncology, declaring that glyphosate was a probably carcinogen.

The IARC looked at both previous studies as well as animal testing on mice and concluded the evidence appeared to link Roundup exposure to:

  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Pancreatic Islet Cell Tumors
  • Skin Tumors
  • DNA Damage
  • Chromosomal Damage

The group, focused on cancer, did not look at Parkinson’s disease risks.

Monsanto has denied the IARC’s findings and regulators in the U.S. and Europe have said they do not believe Roundup is a likely human carcinogen. However, in a four-day hearing in December 2016, an advisory committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency questioned the agency’s methodologies in determining Roundup was safe.

If the IARC’s findings are confirmed, it could mean that millions of agricultural workers worldwide have been exposed and faced increased cancer risks from Roundup. There is no telling how many incidents of cancer could be traced back to Roundup exposure, as tests have found it in the air after spraying, but also in food and water.

FAILURE TO WARN ROUNDUP CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS: As a result of Monsanto’s failure to thoroughly research glyphosate or adequately warn users, the agricultural community, or the medical community, financial compensation may be available through a Roundup lawsuit.

If warnings and information about the risk of cancer from Roundup exposure were provided, many users would have chosen to use another herbicide, and some Roundup cancer diagnosis cases may have been avoided.

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  1. Jan Reply

    Roundup is also available in just about every garden centre and supermarket for the general public to use in their own gardens. They are unlikely to take protective measures and their children and pets are also exposed to it, how can this be allowed?

  2. Christine Reply

    If this is true, won’t the lawsuits bankrupt the company and leave the real criminals off the hook? Why do we allow mass murderers immunity under the guise of corporate irresponsibility? And allow them to keep the money they made.

  3. Cynthia Reply

    My husband has been diagnosed about 4 years ago with large cell B lymphoma.. Stage 4 we thought he had beat it but recently just found out it’s back ! We never stopped using roundup, this was the firs

  4. Harold Reply

    My husband has terminal melanoma that has metastasized to his brain. He worked as a grounds keeper on US basis most of his life. Back then, they were told how safe it was. In fact, there were many times he spilt it all over himself, running home to take a shower. I still remember him telling me that they said that you could spray this stuff one day and plant the next day!!

  5. David Reply

    I used round-up around my house for years, in 08 i was diagnosed with non- hodgkins stage 4, been going too MD Anderson for 8 years.

  6. Robin Ward Reply

    I used Round Up on my lawn and garden for weed control. I noticed that every time I sprayed, I started wheezing, my skin got irritated and I developed a skin rash even though I was using protective gear. I stopped using it due to the harmful side effects. That product should not be on the market!!!!

  7. Linda Reply

    My husband passed away August 1997. He had used Monsanto Round Up on the crabgrass. He wore big boots long pants and thought he was protected. This may be too long ago, but I want to be added to the class action lawsuit for this product. It was awful.

  8. Catherine Reply

    I got breast cancer in 2009. My doctors told me that it was from industrial chemicals. I believe this cancer was from roundup, my gardener used it and I gardened in my large yard for many hours a day around this time. I also have very high levels of arsenic in my blood work to this day.

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