Roundup Lawsuit: All you need to know

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Journalist: Aaron Vivanco

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Roundup Lawsuit: All you need to know

Roundup has been in the news for several years due to lawsuits from users of this weedkiller for its active ingredient: glyphosate. According to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer. However, IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) studies say otherwise.

So is Roundup carcinogenic? Can its use be harmful to health? What kind of cancer can users get? What should I do if I’ve been diagnosed with cancer and I’m a Roundup user? We answer all these questions and more in this Legal Help Advisor note.

About Roundup and its main component

Roundup is a very popular herbicide used to control weeds in agricultural, residential, and commercial settings. It is used professionally in large crops and by individuals in their gardens. Roundup is mainly composed of glyphosate and other ingredients that help the best absorption in plants.

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide worldwide, mainly in the United States. The Monsanto Company developed the product in 2001, and in 2018, the Bayer Group acquired the company and all its products, despite all the claims it had about glyphosate.

This product is a non-selective and systemic broad-spectrum herbicide, which means that any plant can absorb it through its tissues.

The chemical prevents the weeds from producing proteins necessary for their growth, which ultimately leads to their death.

Then, glyphosate is applied to prevent the outbreak of weeds and give free passage to controlled crops.

About The Health Risks

Positions on glyphosate as a cause of cancer

In recent years, controversies have arisen about the use of glyphosate and the damage it could cause to human health. From this, there are two positions: those who say that there is no risk in its use and, on the contrary, those who allege that it is harmful to health and the environment.

The main arguments used in the trials come from the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) and IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer).

Arguments in favor

Based on different investigations, the EPA concluded the following:

  • There are no health risks of concern from the current use of glyphosate.
  • There is no indication that children are more sensitive to glyphosate.
  •  There is no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer in humans.
  • There is no indication that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor.

However, in June 2022, because of the number of cases, the Ninth Circuit asked EPA to reconsider its position on the damage that Roundup could cause to humans and the environment.

Arguments against

In contrast, in March 2015, IARC reviewed over 1,000 studies of people exposed to glyphosate through their work and others on cancer and cancer-related effects in experimental systems. Based on this, it classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans.

In addition, based on the IARC conclusions, OEHHA added glyphosate to the list of carcinogenic agents.

On the other hand, Monsanto and, currently, Bayer not only lost cases against plaintiffs who suffered from cancer, but thousands of lawsuits did not reach trial and were previously settled.

What types of cancer does Roundup cause?

Based on studies conducted on the use of glyphosate and its incidence in humans, a correlation was found between the chemical and the development of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).

Although this type of cancer is the most common, the prolonged use of this product is also linked to leukemia and brain cancer.

Additionally, exposure to glyphosate can cause:

  • Breast cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Myeloid leukemia

How do you get cancer from Roundup?

The most susceptible people to developing cancer are those who have used Roundup for many years at work, as farmers or gardeners. However, those who use this product at home frequently are also in danger.

Some ways to be exposed to glyphosate are:

  • By inhaling it after spraying it
  • By handling plants wet with Roundup
  • By ingesting it after handling the product without washing your hands.

That is, the factors to note are the amount of time in contact with glyphosate and the use of the chemical without protection.

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Contact us to analyze your Roundup case

If you used Roundup for many years and were later diagnosed with any type of cancer related to glyphosate, you can file a lawsuit against Bayer for financial compensation.

There are currently thousands of ongoing lawsuits against the manufacturer, and many more have already been resolved.

Therefore, if you have questions about the Roundup case, and want to know more, enter here.

Why do I need a lawyer?

Getting legal advice is the first step you should take since only a lawyer can guide you correctly throughout the judicial process. In addition, the case must be analyzed to know its potential and then develop a corresponding strategy. Get in touch, and an expert legal advisor will contact you to see the case details.

If you believe that your health or that of a family member is harmed by the use of Roundup, at Legal Help Advisor we recommend you wait no more time initiating legal action and claiming financial compensation. Get your free consultation now and clear all doubts.

ToxFAQs™ for Glyphosate
ARC Monograph on Glyphosate
Glyphosate to be Listed under Proposition 65 as Known to the State to Cause Cancer
Glyphosate NSRL- Final Statement of Reasons