What should I know about the link between Roundup® weed killer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 6:26 pm    

Roundup® is a common weed killer that has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). People who use Roundup or have been exposed to this popular product often have questions about whether it causes NHL. If you work with or have been exposed to Roundup, it’s important to understand the potential risks and what to do if you’ve been diagnosed with NHL. We’ve compiled answers to our clients’ frequently asked questions about the link between Roundup and this disease and invite you to review them. If you have additional questions or want to pursue legal action against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, call us for a free consultation.

What is Roundup and how does it work?

Roundup is an herbicide first developed by Monsanto in the 1970s. In 2018, Bayer acquired Monsanto and now sells Roundup products. Used in farming, in landscaping, and on lawns to kill weeds, Roundup is one of the most popular weed killers in the U.S. and in the world.

Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, is considered a “non-selective herbicide.” This means it kills most plants. Plants make certain proteins needed for them to grow, and glyphosate stops a specific enzyme pathway called the “shikimic acid pathway,” which is necessary for plants and some microorganisms to grow. Roundup must be applied carefully because it will kill good plants if it touches them.

How does glyphosate exposure occur?

If you work with or around herbicides that contain glyphosate, such as Roundup, you could be exposed in the following ways:

  • Getting this chemical in your eyes or on your skin
  • Inhaling the chemical mist
  • Eating or smoking—without washing your hands—after you apply the chemical
  • Touching plants that are still wet after being sprayed

What is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and how is it linked to Roundup?

NHL is a type of cancer that starts in the body’s lymphatic system, specifically in the white blood cells called lymphocytes. The lymph system is part of the body’s immune system that helps battle infections and move fluids through the body. Patients with NHL may require chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplants, and other treatments. Various studies have found links between NHL and exposure to Roundup.

Has Roundup been recalled?

To date, there has been no U.S. recall of Roundup or other herbicides that contain glyphosate. However, France is currently working to phase out herbicides that contain glyphosate.

Who faces the highest risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma after Roundup exposure?

Obviously, the more you work with and around Roundup, the greater the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and there is no minimum amount of glyphosate exposure known to be safe. Thus, farmers, landscapers, groundskeepers, nursery workers, and even homeowners who regularly use Roundup may face the highest risk of developing cancer.

Call Chris Hudson & Associates

There are a growing number of lawsuits against the maker of Roundup. Claimants allege they developed cancer because of Roundup use or exposure and are seeking damages for their medical expenses, lost income, physical pain, and emotional suffering. If you’ve been exposed to Roundup and believe your non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a result of that exposure,  we encourage you to contact our mass tort lawyers today.

To learn more about protecting your rights, you need to speak with an experienced mass tort lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 888.795.6261 to schedule your free confidential consultation.