Studies have linked glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, to an increased risk for a deadly form of cancer called follicular lymphoma.
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What’s the Problem?
Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, meaning it will kill most plants. The chemical works by preventing plants from making certain proteins that are needed for plant growth. Glyphosate stops a specific enzyme pathway, the shikimic acid pathway. The shikimic acid pathway is necessary for plants and some microorganisms to grow.
Monsanto claims that Roundup is harmless to humans because they don’t have the shikimate pathway; however, it is found in bacteria, and there are trillions of bacteria in our intestinal tracts, all of which react to the presence of glyphosate. This is a main reason why Roundup can increase the risk of follicular lymphoma and other deadly diseases in humans.
What is Follicular Lymphoma?
According to the Lymphoma Association, follicular lymphoma is the most common form of low-grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is a slow-growing cancer that develops from B lymphocytes (B cells). It is called ‘follicular’ lymphoma because the abnormal lymphocytes typically collect in clumps in the lymph nodes called ‘follicles’.
Signs and Symptoms
- Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, groin, stomach or armpits
- Shortness of breath
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
The stages of follicular lymphoma include:
- Stage I – Early-stage lymphomas.
- Stage II – Treated as either early-stage or advanced-stage lymphoma – those causing symptoms, with large lumps or affecting groups of lymph nodes that are not next to each other are more likely to be treated as advanced-stage lymphoma.
- Stage III & IV – Advanced stage lymphomas.
Treatment and Prognosis (Outlook)
Most follicular lymphomas grow very slowly (indolent) and the cancer is nearly always treatable. Some patients find their lymph nodes vary in size and can sometimes shrink even without treatment. Many people don’t feel sick when they are first diagnosed. For these reasons some people with follicular lymphoma are not treated straightaway. Instead they are actively monitored, an approach known as ‘watch and wait’.
Although there are four different stages, when treating follicular lymphoma, doctors think about these in two different groups – early-stage (localized) lymphoma and advanced-stage lymphoma. If your lymphoma is localized (early-stage) when you are diagnosed, it may be cured by the treatment.
You are not likely to be cured by treatment if your lymphoma is in the advanced stages at the time of diagnosis. Instead you are likely to need periodic treatment when your health is good. Although it does not go away totally, most people with advanced-stage follicular lymphoma live with it for many years.
Lawsuits Mount Against Monsanto Over Roundup Cancer Link
Plaintiffs around the country have filed products liability lawsuits against Monsanto alleging that the company exposed them to an “unreasonably dangerous” chemical, and that Roundup’s labeling carries no warning that it may have the potential to cause cancer. In October 2016, all federal Roundup lawsuits were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2741) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California before Judge Vince Chhabria.
Do I Have a Roundup Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new follicular lymphoma cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer after using or being exposed to Roundup weed killer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.