People have been using glyphosate to kill weeds since Monsanto began selling it in the product Roundup in the 1970s. Since then, traces of it have built up in the water, air and food around the world.
Now, hundreds of people who have received a cancer diagnosis of a form of B cell or T cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have filed lawsuits against that company. The lawsuits claim that the company should have warned consumers that using Roundup increased their risk of cancer. In some cases, juries have awarded billions to the plaintiffs.
Research reports different results
According to PBS, Monsanto continues to claim that its products containing glyphosate are safe for those using them and safe for the general public as well. The Environmental Protection Agency has also announced that it is not likely that glyphosate causes cancer.
However, the outcomes of certain new studies may seem to have shifted away from “probably safe” to “probably carcinogenic.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, stated that the chemical is probably carcinogenic. In California, glyphosate is on the state’s list of carcinogenic chemicals.
Exposure affects risk
There is a growing body of evidence that appears to indicate that those who face heavy exposure to glyphosate, such as landscapers and farmworkers, have a higher risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma than those who do not use it or who only use it occasionally.
In fact, that risk could be as much as 41% higher, according to one research study. The rate of the disease in the general U.S. population is two out of every 100, but among people with high exposure, the rate is 2.8 out of 100.
More litigation likely
Researchers do not know whether further studies will turn up evidence that the general public is at risk from such a widely used chemical. Juries are taking the claims against Monsanto seriously, though, and experts believe that hundreds more people with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma will file lawsuits in the coming months.
The law firm of George B. Ready is currently engaged in a claim against Monsanto. If you have been exposed to Roundup and also have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, call our office for a consultation and evaluation of your claim.