Roundup: Common Weed Killer Linked to Cancer
Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer is the most widely used herbicide in the world. Since its introduction in the 1970’s, Monsanto has marketed the product–and its main ingredient glyphosate–as being…”no more toxic to people and animals than table salt”. (Monsanto Europe, December 1995) However, Monsanto is now facing hundreds of lawsuits because Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate is believed to cause several types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
What is Roundup Weed Killer?
The herbicide glyphosate has been used since the 1970s when Monsanto premiered the product as Roundup Weed & Grass Killer. Widely used by farmers and homeowners alike in over 160 countries, Roundup became the most used herbicide in the US by 2007.
The product increased in usage and popularity when Monsanto introduced genetically modified (GM) seeds. These seeds are resistant to glyphosate, allowing farmers to heavily spray with the herbicide to get rid of competing weeds. Unfortunately, the weeds adapt to the glyphosate over time, requiring heavier use of the product, increasing exposure to farmers, agricultural workers and landscapers over time.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
The debate about the safety of Roundup centers around its main ingredient, the herbicide glyphosate. Because of Monsanto’s marketing, it was considered one of the safest herbicides in use.
In March of 2015, a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, found otherwise. IARC findings in 2015 resulted in the classification of the herbicide glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans.
The IARC’s finding is significant because it confirms that Roundup is toxic and people exposed to it run serious health risks. There are two primary reasons why IARC researchers classified glyphosate as a carcinogen:
- Animal studies, specifically in mice and rats, demonstrate a possible link between glyphosate and cancerous tumors.
- Lab studies of the effects of glyphosate on DNA showed “mechanistic evidence” that the weed killer can damage DNA in human cells upon exposure.
Possible Monsanto Coverup
For more than 30 years Monsanto has denied the link between the use of Roundup and cancer. But with the IARC’s findings in March, 2015, cancer victims and their families have filed lawsuits against Monsanto. They claim that the company was aware of the dangers of glyphosate and didn’t properly warn consumers.
In one 2017 lawsuit, newly unsealed documents suggest that Monsanto had ghostwritten several scientific papers on Roundup used to convince the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that glyphosate was safe. When findings didn’t go their way, Monsanto spent huge amounts of money to try to delegitimize the IARC’s findings.
Do I Qualify for a Roundup Lawsuit?
Farmworkers, landscapers, nursery workers, and others in occupations where they are frequently using herbicides like Roundup are most at risk of developing cancer as a result of glyphosate use. Home gardeners who regularly used the herbicide could also be at risk.
The attorneys of Davis & Crump are investigating cases for individuals who have experienced notable exposure to Roundup and that have been diagnosed with one of the forms of cancer listed below:
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Large B-Cell Lymphoma
- Follicular Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
- Anaplastic T-Cell Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Mantel Cell Lymphoma
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
How Do I File a Roundup Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer after using Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer, our experienced team is here to help you. To find out your options and if you qualify for a Roundup lawsuit, you only need to do two things:
- Contact Davis & Crump, P.A. Attorneys at Law – Call us at 1.800.277.0300 or complete the free online consultation form now. Follow the link on the page to the Free Claim Evaluation form. It is short, easy to fill out and the information is completely confidential.
- Davis & Crump will review your case for free – Our attorneys and staff will review the provided information about the circumstances that led to your injuries. A determination will then be made if you are eligible to file a Roundup lawsuit and seek compensation.
There is no risk to you and no cost or obligation for a case review. If your case is accepted, we accept it on a contingency fee basis. This means that you only pay us if we win a settlement on your behalf.
Why Davis & Crump is the Right Law Firm to Handle Your Roundup Lawsuit
Davis & Crump is a leader in handling mass torts – lawsuits involving many clients who have been harmed by the same defective product, dangerous drug or wrongful actions of a common corporation or organization. Our attorneys are respected, dedicated and experienced. Every personal injury lawyer at Davis & Crump understands the significance of your claim. We can help you find answers when you or a loved one must make urgent decisions in the aftermath of injury. We have earned our reputation as a leading personal injury law firm by continually winning significant cases in jury trials and settlements. Our ability to consistently provide the highest quality legal services on a local and national basis has positioned us as experts and leaders in our field.
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