Numerous studies into the effects of Monsanto/Bayer AG’s popular weed killer, Roundup, conclude that the herbicide can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), as well as multiple myeloma, leukemia, and brain cancer.
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When researchers at the University of Washington (UW) performed a meta-analysis of various studies of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, they calculated that agricultural workers who were heavily exposed to glyphosate experienced a 41 percent greater risk of NHL than individuals who had either never used the weed killer, or those who used it infrequently. There is ongoing research into the kind of cancer Roundup causes and how it affects us.
NHL is a form of cancer that results from a human body producing an excessive number of abnormal white blood cells. These lymphocytes, as they are called, shirk their normal regular life cycles of dying and being replaced. Instead, the cells grow continuously, then divide to further increase their numbers. As the cells crowd in the lymph nodes, they create swelling.
A form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, this type of cancer also launches in white blood cells—in this case, they take over the body’s T cells, whose function is to facilitate the immune system. When cancer takes hold, the T cells form abnormalities that lead the cells to attack the skin, rather than germs.
Distinguished by the skin-colored, pink, or purple nodules that form under the skin, B-cell lymphoma also starts in the white blood cells, then attacks the skin.
Diagnosis involves the physician conducting a skin biopsy, physical exam, imaging tests, bone marrow biopsy, and blood tests.
When abnormal blood cells develop in a person’s blood marrow, they grow in tremendous numbers, eventually edging out healthy blood cells. As a result, they are blocked from doing their job of fighting infection. Leukemia manifests in many different forms, including:
- Chronic myeloid leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
Depending on the type of leukemia, cancer can progress slowly or quickly. Although there are forms of leukemia that can be cured or managed, this can be a difficult challenge. Treatment options vary, from radiation and stem cell transplantation to chemotherapy.
In 2009, the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives published results of a study exploring the relationship between parents’ exposure to herbicides (occupational and residential) and the development of brain cancer in their children. The results revealed that in families where at least one parent had been exposed to Roundup within a two-year timeframe before the birth of their child, the child’s risk of developing brain cancer was significantly higher.
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Plasma cells are another type of white blood cell. Their purpose is to generate antibodies that will stake out and kill dangerous organisms in the body. When an individual suffers from multiple myeloma, cancer cells populate in the body’s bone marrow. Eventually, things become overcrowded, and the healthy blood cells are pushed out. The damaged plasma cells are no longer capable of producing antibodies. Instead, the cells produce abnormal proteins that create complications in the patient.
Regardless of Your Type of Cancer, a Roundup Cancer Lawyer Can Help
No matter which of the above cancers you have developed, if you have been diagnosed after being exposed to Roundup or another glyphosate-based herbicide, you deserve compensation.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will fight to have the corporate giants who produced and sold these lethal products pay for your damages, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call a lawyer who knows what kind of cancer Roundup causes today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation.