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Roundup and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Analyzing the Connection

Roundup is a widely used weedkiller containing glyphosate, one of the most commonly used herbicides. This blog post explores the possible connection between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that is at the core of multiple lawsuits against Roundup’s manufacturer, Bayer-Monsanto. In this article you’ll learn from our Roundup litigation attorney will review the scientific studies that suggest a link between glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient, and the disease. 

Experts Disagree Whether Glyphosate Causes Cancer 

Reading the research and listening to the experts can be confusing and frustrating. Our government continues denying that glyphosate found in Roundup could cause cancer. Let’s examine some research and studies to determine how Roundup is linked to cancer and other adverse health conditions.

On March 20, 2015, the WHO’s International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) released information regarding its research on five pesticides. The IARC classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” That means it can increase the risk of causing cancer. 

On December 18, 2017, the United States EPA released an assessment of glyphosate. The EPA determined that it is unlikely that glyphosate is a human carcinogen. When used according to the label, the EPA found no other meaningful risks to human health. In a paper published on February 24, 2020, researchers concluded there was no overall evidence to support an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from exposure to glyphosate.

However, numerous studies have found links between glyphosate exposure, cancer, and other medical conditions.

Recent Studies Support the IARC’s Finding Glyphosate is a Possible Human Carcinogen 

Researchers from the University of Washington conducted new research and concluded that glyphosate in Roundup increased the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent. They concluded from their research that glyphosate exposure increased the chance of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by 41 percent. The research supported the findings of the IARC in 2015. 

Another review and update published in Science Direct concluded that mechanistic, animal, and epidemiologic studies provide a pattern of evidence that glyphosate is a cause of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans. The findings in this report also agree with the IARC findings in 2015.

Another report published in February 2019 also concluded that glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) like Roundup are associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Again, the analysis supports the IARC’s conclusion that glyphosate is a possible human carcinogen. 

In addition to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, recent studies have linked glyphosate to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome and liver inflammation in children exposed to glyphosate. The research also found a link between Roundup exposure and liver cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other long-term health problems. Additionally, an article published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found a link between thyroid cancer and glyphosate. 

What Do the Research and Conflicting Reports Mean for My Roundup Lawsuit?

There is no way to cover all research and papers published in a short blog. However, both sides are using the research that supports their claims.

 Bayer-Monsanto points to the research stating there is no link between cancer and Roundup to claim that using Roundup is safe. They deny that Roundup exposure caused cancer or other severe medical conditions.

However, a growing number of studies and research papers support the conclusion that Roundup exposure can cause cancer because glyphosate is a human carcinogen. Bayer-Monsanto has lost some of the Roundup lawsuits. It has also agreed to settle more than 100,000 Roundup lawsuits.

If you believe your cancer or medical condition was caused by exposure to Roundup, contact our Roundup lawsuit attorneys for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case to provide legal advice about your options for seeking compensation for your injuries.