Topic: Consumer Law
How to Tell If Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer Caused Your Cancer
The news is out. Several studies have linked glyphosate, the chemical used in the popular weed killer Roundup, to cancer.
However, finding out if Roundup exposure is what caused you to develop cancer can be tricky. How do you even begin to figure this out?
Here are three questions you should ask to find out whether the weed killer played a role in your cancer diagnosis – and if so, how you can go about getting the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Question 1: Were you chronically exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer?
The cancer risk increase associated with Roundup is cumulative. The more often you were exposed to glyphosate, the more you’re at risk. That means casual gardeners who used the chemical occasionally in their own yards probably won’t get cancer from using Roundup.
The people most at risk of developing cancer related to glyphosate are those who used the weed killer frequently, often as part of their jobs. Most of the victims currently pursuing cases against Roundup’s manufacturer, Monsanto, worked as:
• Agriculture workers
• Professional gardeners
• Pesticide and herbicide applicators.
The nature of their jobs meant that they encountered glyphosate on a monthly or weekly – if not daily – basis, maybe for years.
The greater your exposure to Roundup, the more likely it is that glyphosate caused your cancer, and the more important it is that you pursue a claim.
Question 2: Did you develop a form of cancer linked to glyphosate?
Roundup has been linked to a number of cancers. However, the most thoroughly researched link is the one between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This blood cancer affects the lymph nodes and tissues, and sometimes even bone marrow. Some studies have suggested that frequent glyphosate exposure could double the risk of developing lymphoma within a decade.
Other forms of cancer associated with Roundup include cancers of the:
Because research into the glyphosate cancer link is ongoing, it’s a good idea for patients who have developed any form of cancer after chronic Roundup exposure to look into pursuing a claim.
Question 3: Has an attorney reviewed your claim?
If you answered yes to questions one and two, or if you have other reasons to suspect that glyphosate exposure caused your cancer, then it’s time to talk to a lawyer.
An attorney who is familiar with products liability claims can investigate all of the research into the link between Monsanto’s Roundup and cancer. Your lawyer can have experts in the field review your claim and offer their opinions as evidence to support your case.
This is the only way to get the money damages your family is entitled to when a product like Roundup caused you to develop cancer.
To learn more about Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuits and your legal rights, speak to an attorney at Console & Hollawell right away. Your time to pursue a claim is limited. Most products liability lawyers offer free consultations, so you should never have to pay anything for the opportunity to speak with an attorney about your situation.