We are accepting new cases from victims who developed non Hodgkin lymphoma

The Bryant Law Center is currently accepting new cases from victims who developed non Hodgkin lymphoma following repeated exposure to the herbicide Roundup or glyphosate.

A federal judge ruled July 10 that a jury could hear expert opinions in lawsuit alleging that exposure to Roundup – a common vegetation killer – can cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the lymph system. The ruling came in a multi district litigation panel case where more than 450 Roundup cases from around the nation have been consolidated for purposes of discovery.

Roundup – a branded name for the chemical called glyphosate – has been used to control unwanted grass and weeds since 1974. But concerns are mounting that prolonged use and exposure is associated with an increased risk of NHL, a form of lymphatic cancer. Those most impacted are believed to be landscape workers; nursery workers, commercial gardeners and groundskeepers, crop sprayers, farmers and agricultural laborers or their loved ones.

The hundreds of lawsuits are pending against Monsanto Co. in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, were filed by victims or loved ones alleging that Monsanto covered up the health risks of exposure to Roundup herbicide.

Plaintiffs allege that exposure results from skin contact and/or ingestion or inhalation. Critics also say that people living near area of commercial application can also be exposed although they are not involved in the application or use.

Unlike some cancers, the American Cancer Society says that NHL is not inherited and is most likely caused from “exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, radiation, or infections, but often these changes occur for no apparent reason that seem to happen more often as we age.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, based in Lyon, France, in 2015 had classified the chemical as a “probable human carcinogen.” Canada in 2009 also banned residential and ornamental applications.

Monsanto Co., the manufacturer, makes an estimated $12 billion a year from sales of Roundup/glyphosate and the sale of Roundup resistant seeds which it developed.

There is no current research that indicates occasional Roundup use – such as what a homeowner would briefly spray on a sidewalk or patio – is harmful. Instead, researchers are more focused on occupational exposure for longer periods of time.

The American Cancer Society says to be alert for NHL symptoms. “The best way to find NHL lymphoma early is to pay attention to possible signs: enlargement of one or more lymph nodes, causing a lump or bump under the skin which is usually not painful. This is most often on the side of the neck, in the armpit, or in the groin … Other symptoms can include fever, night sweats, weight loss, feeling tired, and swelling in the abdomen. More often these symptoms are caused by something other than lymphoma, but it’s important to have them checked by a doctor, especially if they don’t go away or get worse.”

The prognosis for an NHL diagnosis shows more than half of the diagnosed victims have a 10 year life expectancy. It is treated with chemotherapy and radiation.

Call us to schedule a free appointment to discuss your questions and concerns about exposure to Roundup and developing non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.