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Workers exposed to Roundup could be at risk for cancer

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2020 | Defective Products/Toxic Torts

Businesses apply the well-known herbicide Roundup to all kinds of crops and grassy areas to control the growth of unwanted plants. Some farmers will spray Roundup broadly over an entire, newly planted field. Roundup-ready crops won’t react to the herbicide, allowing the farmers to effectively control weeds without any manual weeding whatsoever.

Other times, agricultural workers might apply glyphosate, the active compound in Roundup, directly to crops like oats in order to end their life cycle and begin the process of drying them out for harvest. Even landscaping professionals can wind up exposed to Roundup at high levels if they care for heavily manicured facilities, such as a golf course.

While Roundup may offer significant benefits in its ability to kill unwanted plants without killing certain crops, it also has a link to the development of a serious form of cancer, which has opened its manufacturer up to many serious lawsuits related to Roundup users who have developed cancer.

Research potentially connects Roundup exposure with a common cancer

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a serious but treatable form of cancer. Depending on how aggressive the cancer is and the stage at which a patient receives the diagnosis, people can go into remission and recover completely or at least significantly extend their life through treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy and surgical removal of cancerous tissue.

Although it is possible to treat Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, it is still a painful and potentially deadly disease that would better be avoided than treated. Individuals who have worked with Roundup or glyphosate-based herbicides as part of their career or just in the maintenance of their own property may have a higher risk of developing Non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

They may also potentially have the right to hold the business that sells Roundup responsible for their condition.

Those who can link their cancer with the chemical may have a claim

Whether through receipts that show that you purchased Roundup annually to apply to your 2-acre front lawn or work records that make it clear that you applied the chemical in landscaping or agricultural job, you may be able to connect your condition with the chemical exposure to Roundup. Connecting the herbicide with your condition could improve your chances of securing compensation.

There are a substantial number of pending lawsuits against Bayer, the company that owns Roundup, and many more may follow as more people receive a diagnosis and connect it with this popular herbicide.