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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.

In July, following a number of legal battles, California added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals, requiring Roundup and other glyphosate-based products to carry label warnings in that state.

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.

In December 2017, the EPA rejected findings suggesting Roundup was linked to increased cancer risks, however the decision came amid mounting evidence that Monsanto had undue influence on some of the agency’s decisions.

The IARC has defended its findings, saying it used proven science to reach it’s conclusions.

In addition, a study published in March 2018 in Environmental Health warned that glyphosate exposure during pregnancy could increase the risk of premature birth. Preliminary reports from an ongoing study, released in May 2018, warned that Roundup formulations may be more toxic than glyphosate alone.

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.

  9. Barb Reply

    My husband has had numerous forms of NHL since 2009. He was a property manager/maintenance man and was required to tend the weeds and maintain the property of a large RV storage area filled with woods/weeds. He has used Round Up regularly dressed only in shorts, socks, shoes, and tshirts; no mask or ventilator and no pants (legs and arms exposed daily). He has had large diffuse B cell lymphoma, Lymphomatoid Papulosis, follicular lymphoma, and a cutaneous lymphoma. Is there any where that this fact should be reported? My husband has undergone 3 full rounds of chemo (6 months or more each round) and one round of an experimental chemo which is not yet fda approved but necessary due to enlarged masses in his neck and chest. He has had tumors all throughout his body. The prognosis has been poor since day one. He has faced a subsequent shock episode and even a stroke post treatment. Its been one heck of a ride these past 8 years. He lost his ability to work, lost all energy, often sleeps all day long, vomits daily, struggles with interstitial lung disease, etc. Is this related to such exposure?

  10. Lou Reply

    I was diagnosed with non Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015.. I have used round up around my home and property’s I own.. I was just wondering about the class action if it for recidential users?

  11. Dorothy Reply

    My husband was diagnosed with NHL B cell follicular in 2005. went thru steroids, 18 radiation treatments, 8 months of chemo, 1 year of IL2 ( 2 x a week), went into remission and it returned two more times, in remission and also treated with Revlimid. It has been very difficult for him. He now receives IVIG every six weeks to help his destroyed immune system. He used roundup to kill weeds since 1987 around our homes, and still is using it. Along with this product he uses Scot fertilizers and Seven. Could this chemical be in these other products under a generic name?

  12. Sandy Reply

    My husband was diagnosed with CLL in 1992. It transformed into Large B cell diffuse lymphoma in 1999, and he died in 2000. From 1982-1990 he used Roundup almost every weekend on our home’s landscaping.

  13. Suzanne Reply

    In 2013 I was diagnosed with a double hit of cancer Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and b-cell wrapped around my spine. It has been hell I was at stage 4 and I’ve gone through the strongest chemo full body radiation two transplants. I am still so sick from the treatment and cancer and fighting Social Security because I can’t work. My husband and I used to do landscaping and I moved but I still use the product. I could never figure out what followed me that I was using that caused this cancer. This is pretty specific and I believe it is from the Roundup

  14. Cherie Reply

    My mother and grandmother both used round up for their lawns and both died of NHL and HL cancer within 5 years of each other.

  15. David Reply

    It is for anyone who ever used the product no matter if you bought it or not.

  16. tod Reply

    My fiance was a body builder and an avid health involved person. She used round up wearing a mask and gloves as she loved to garden. In 2007 she was diagnosed with Monoclonal Gammopathy of Unknown Significance. Within a year of that she had Multiple Myeloma cancer. She died on April 23rd 2014. She donated her body to a study of Multiple Myeloma through National Institute of Health as she wanted to help to find the cause of this horrendous cancer. It cost me and her family $7000 to have her frozen body shipped to Oregon where the study was being done. I am infuriated that ROUND UP caused me to lose my BELOVED MONIQUE JEZIERSKI. P.S. She was on dialysis for 2 years 3 times a week and was a TROOPER ALL THE WAY THROUGH THAT, she also had pneumonia twice and was in the hospital over a month during the trwo episodes.

  17. Jaime Reply

    My son was diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disease, severe aplastic amemia last yeat after inhaling and having the product on his skin

  18. Brad Reply

    I started using Roundup in the mid 70s and was told it was so safe you could drink it. Sprayed it for a couple of years and then they came back with the fact that we were applying it at a concentration 5 times higher than required and that the weed was not dying systemically but being burned above ground thus requiring a re-spray. I have not been diagnosed with an ailment but do have an offspring that has a DNA mutation that has caused severe problems.

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