The popular weedkiller Roundup has been in the news for the last few years regarding its possible risk to cause cancer. Despite the company’s insistence that Roundup is safe to use, a California jury determined it was a substantial factor in one man’s cancer. Edwin Hardeman was awarded $80 million in damages.
When Monsanto first introduced Roundup in 1974, it was seen as an innovative herbicide that was both effective and safe for killing weeds. It allowed farmers to eliminate virtually all weeds without the need for tilling, thus reducing soil erosion. Roundup also appeared to be environmentally friendly as it broke down into natural products.
Imagine Edwin Hardeman’s surprise when he saw a report on TV that said exposure to Roundup could lead to the exact cancer he had been diagnosed with. After multiple rounds of chemotherapy, he finally had a possible explanation for his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Roundup contains the herbicide glyphosate, which studies have linked to various forms of cancer.
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Currently owned by Bayer, Roundup is facing thousands of similar lawsuits across the country. Many claim the herbicide caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This cancer originates in the lymphatic system, a network of nodes which allow your body to fight disease. An overproduction of white blood cells form tumors that surround the lymph nodes and create swelling.
Symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:
- Swelling lymph nodes in your neck, underarms, or groin
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Chest pain, coughing, or shortness of breath
- Fever or night sweats
- Weight loss
Seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms and think you may have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For a proper diagnosis, you may need imaging tests, a skin biopsy, or a bone marrow biopsy. Additionally, knowing whether your non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma began in your B cells or T cells helps to determine your treatment options.
This is a fairly rare form of cancer with under 200,000 new cases reported in the US each year, mainly affecting children and teens. Leukemia is a cancer of the early blood-forming cells. While it often affects the white blood cells, there are many different types of leukemia including acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Patients with slow-growing types of leukemia may not display symptoms. Fast-growing leukemia may cause symptoms including:
- Frequent infections
- Excessive bleeding
- Bruising easily
- Weight loss
Treatment is vastly different depending on which variation of leukemia a patient has. Your doctor may recommend monitoring a slow-growing cancer or treating a fast-growing cancer with chemotherapy, radiation, or a stem-cell transplant.
Pediatric Brain Cancer
A study published by the Environmental Health Perspectives journal found children had a significantly higher risk of developing brain cancer when a parent was exposed to herbicides. The effects of exposure could even be as far-reaching as two years before their children were born.
Symptoms of pediatric brain cancer include:
- Feeling pressure in head
- Frequent or severe headaches
- Sudden vision problems
- Hearing problems
- Trouble eating
The most common treatment for brain cancer in children is surgery. Your child’s surgeon may recommend removing a slow-growing brain tumor to alleviate pressure. Other treatments include radiation and chemotherapy for more aggressive forms of brain cancer.
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Who Is Most At Risk?
As more research pours in, it would appear that the popular herbicide Roundup increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40%. The widespread use of glyphosate in many agricultural and residential herbicides means that glyphosate is in food, water, and dust. Practically anyone could be exposed.
But who is most likely to develop cancer as a result of exposure to Roundup? People with the most exposure to glyphosate have the highest risk of developing cancer. This includes farmers, landscapers, or anyone who uses Roundup for residential use.
If you were diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup or glyphosate in another herbicide, you deserve to be compensated. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine 1-888-587-9581 today for a free consultation with a Roundup cancer lawyer who understands the full damage caused by Roundup exposure.