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Monsanto’s Roundup and Cancer

Monsanto’s Roundup is the most popular herbicide in the world. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IARC”) found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was a probable carcinogen. This led IARC to classify glyphosate as a level 2A cancer-causing substance.

Roundup is an important product in the lives of many farmers and other agricultural workers, especially given the prevalence of Roundup-Ready seeds. As weed resistance to Roundup has increased over time, farmers have been forced to apply more and more Roundup each season. As the need for more Roundup has increased, so has farmers’ exposure to the potentially lethal substance.

While there are a few studies that conflict with one another, the studies concluding that glyphosate is non-carcinogenic were funded by major players, like Monsanto, in the herbicide industry. Here is a link to an article discussing the issue in more detail https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jennifer-sass/glyphosate-herbicide-linked-cancer-iarc-world-health-organization-assessment.

Monsanto’s Roundup has been linked to cancers of various kinds in people who have been in regular contact with it. While the science is still developing, there are emerging links between Roundup and the following cancers:

  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Large B-Cell Lympoma
  • Follicular Lymphoma
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Burkitt Lymphoma
  • Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Skin Lymphoma
  • Other Cancers

 

These cancers can manifest themselves in anyone who has been regularly in contact with Roundup, including Farmers, Turf Managers, Agricultural Field Workers, Groundskeepers, Industrial Farm Workers, Landscapers, Gardeners, and others. Even when precautions are taken, cancers have been seen to manifest.

The following are a list of some of the more prominent products that contain glyphosate:

  • Roundup Concentrate Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer 1
  • Roundup Custom Herbicide
  • Roundup D-Pak herbicide
  • Roundup Dry Concentrate
  • Roundup Export
  • Herbicide Roundup Fence & Hard Edger 1
  • Roundup Garden Foam Weed & Grass Killer
  • Roundup Grass and Weed Killer
  • Roundup Herbicide
  • Roundup Original 2k herbicide
  • Roundup Original II Herbicide
  • Roundup Pro Concentrate
  • Roundup Prodry Herbicide
  • Roundup Promax
  • Roundup Quik Stik Grass and Weed Killer
  • Roundup Quikpro Herbicide
  • Roundup Rainfast Concentrate Weed & Grass Killer
  • Roundup Rainfast Super Concentrate Weed & Grass Killer
  • Roundup Ready-to-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer 1 Plus Weed Preventer
  • Roundup Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer
  • Roundup Ready-to- Use Weed and Grass Killer 2
  • Roundup Ultra Dry
  • Roundup Ultra Herbicide
  • Roundup Ultramax
  • Roundup VM Herbicide
  • Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate
  • Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus
  • Roundup Weed & Grass killer Ready-to-Use Plus
  • Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate
  • Roundup Weed & Grass Killer1 Ready-to-Use
  • Roundup WSD Water Soluble Dry Herbicide Deploy Dry Herbicide
  • Ortho Groundclear Products
  • KleenUp Products
  • Aquamaster Products
  • Sharpshooter Products
  • StartUp Products
  • Touchdown Total Products
  • Traxion Products
  • Vector Products
  • Vantage Plus Max II Products

 

We have spoken to farmers and have learned that there is an experimental procedure underway at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota that is having some success in treating Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Many of the individuals who receive treatment at that facility are farmers.

If you believe that you or a loved one could have been diagnosed with cancer and has a history of working with Roundup or other products containing glyphosate, please call our office at 816-984-8100 or email Ashlea Schwarz at ashlea@paulmcinnes.com.