Glyphosate is not a term that most people are familiar with. However, the controversial chemical has come under serious fire because many organizations, including the World Health Organization, believe it is carcinogenic, which means it causes cancer. While glyphosate might not be a household term, it is used in a household product – the herbicide Roundup.
Roundup is made by chemical giant Monsanto, and the herbicide is used by consumers, landscapers, farmers and many others to kill weeds. Monsanto began to sell Roundup in the 1970s. Over the next four decades, it became one of the most popular weed-killers in the United States.
If you have been exposed to Roundup and diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you might be wondering whether you have a case against Monsanto. The product liability attorneys at Pogust Braslow & Millrood encourage you to reach out to our firm if you’d like to speak with someone familiar with Roundup cases. Our consultations are free.
Years of Alarm Bells
Since the release of Monsanto’s Roundup, there have been growing concerns over the herbicide’s potential to cause cancer in users. Since 2001, studies have suggested that there is a link between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Roundup. It wasn’t until 2015 that the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that Roundup was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
In July of 2017, California regulators took steps to make the state the first in the U.S. to require Roundup to be sold with a warning label. That might not seem like a huge step, but for those who have been paying attention to the ongoing saga, it represents a major shift in the way regulators are viewing the dangers posed by Roundup.
Monsanto’s Resistance to Acknowledging Dangers of Roundup
Monsanto has repeatedly denied the connection between Roundup and cancer. They’ve issued rebuttals of studies and reports, including WHO’s report in 2015. The willingness of the herbicide’s manufacturer to dismiss evidence that its product might be harmful makes sense. If regulators acknowledged the link between non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Monsanto would experience significant hurdles in selling their product and, likely, a huge loss of profits.
Dismissing research is only one step that Monsanto has taken to deny the effects of Roundup. Court records released in 2017 revealed that Monsanto “worked with an outside consulting firm to induce the scientific journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology to publish a purported ‘independent’ review of Roundup’s health effects,” according to Bloomberg News.
A Battle Over Roundup
While regulators grapple with how to label Roundup and Monsanto continues its efforts to subvert a growing body of research linking their product to cancer, thousands of non-Hodgkin lymphoma sufferers are using the legal system to seek justice.
Understanding Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that occurs when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can begin in any part of the body and spread quickly to other parts of the anatomy. The cancer attacks the lymph system, which is part of the human immune system. Lymphoma can spread rapidly or slowly, depending on the type of cancer.
Over 70,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma every year. It is also one of the most common forms of cancer among young people. Every year, around 20,000 people lose their lives in the fight against non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
According to the American Cancer Society, signs of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Sweating and chills
- Weight loss
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Swollen abdomen (belly)
- Feeling full after only a small amount of food
- Chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath or cough.
Many people filing lawsuits against Monsanto discovered the connection between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Roundup only after their diagnosis. With the assistance of attorneys, these sufferers are hoping the legal system offers them compensation even after consumer protections and big business have failed them.
If you are one of the thousands of non-Hodgkin lymphoma sufferers who wants to pursue legal action against Monsanto, we encourage you to reach out to Pogust Braslow & Millrood so we can help you explore your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.