One of the most widely used weed killers in the world, Roundup, has been linked to a substantially increased risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and other cancers. Roundup, as well as many other popular weed killers, contains glyphosate. Glyphosate is an herbicide that is found in over 700 weed killing products most commonly used in gardening and farming.
If you have been in contact with Roundup or another glyphosate product, this article will help you to understand the links between certain herbicides and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The major warning signs of this particular type of cancer will also be addressed. If you have been experiencing any troubling health symptoms, you may find this information to be valuable in preparing for a conversation with your healthcare provider.
The Connection between Weed Killers and Non-Hodgkin’s
After the settlement of a landmark case against Roundup, thousands of people have come forward with claims against Monsanto and other pesticide manufacturers. In the 2018 landmark Roundup cancer trial, Monsanto was ordered to pay out $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who developed lymphoma. Since then, thousands more individuals have come forward due to growing evidence of the probable connection between their prolonged use of glyphosate weed killers and the diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Data on Weed Killer Cancer Risk
Recent research by a number of organizations has identified glyphosate as a probable or likely carcinogenic substance that is harmful to humans. The University of Washington found that farmers and professional gardeners with prolonged exposure to glyphosate weed killers were 41% more likely to develop Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma versus those with low to no weed killer exposure. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that weed killers like Roundup do not pose a risk to humans if used properly, the World Health Organization(WHO) found the weed killers to be probable human carcinogens. Glyphosate also has a place on California’s list of carcinogenic substances.
For every 1 out of 100 Americans who develop Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the rate of diagnosis increases to 2.8 out of 100 if frequently exposed to Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides. If you find yourself regularly working with weed killers in gardens, lawns, or farms, then you owe it to yourself to be aware of any risks involved. While the overall chance of developing this particular lymphoma is relatively low, given our widespread exposure to chemicals in our environment today, staying informed is still one of the best ways to protect yourself and loved ones. If you’re concerned about your level of exposure, or any troubling symptoms, take note and make an appointment with your primary care physician.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Symptoms
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the immune system by way of lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell, that when impacted by certain risk factors (not limited to glyphosate), can grow out of control. This abnormal cell growth usually starts in the lymph nodes and eventually, begins to crowd the lymph nodes out.
While lymphoma often begins in the lymph nodes, sometimes other lymph tissues can be affected, including the spleen, thymus, adenoids, tonsils, digestive organs, and bone marrow. There are also many subtypes of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, depending upon where the lymphomas occur and how quickly they grow and spread. Even the slowest growing lymphomas can spread throughout your body, making it crucial to communicate with your healthcare provider should you be experiencing any concerning health issues. Here are some major symptoms to be aware of, particularly if you have had prolonged exposure to Roundup or another weed killer:
Swelling of the Lymph Nodes
Lymph node swelling can be a sign of many issues, including common infections. Your lymph nodes are located on the sides of the neck, in the groin area, underarms, and above the collarbones. While swelling of the lymph nodes is very rarely painful, if you do experience any swelling, make sure to get checked out by your doctor to determine what the root cause is.
Swelling of the Abdomen
Enlarged lymph nodes and/or organs can occur in the abdomen area, including stomach and intestines. This swelling may often be accompanied by loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or pain. Your spleen or liver may also be swollen. This condition can cause pain and loss of appetite, or feeling extremely full after eating very small amounts.
Chest Pain, Pressure, or Swelling
If lymphoma begins in the chest, you may experience coughing, difficulty breathing, and a sensation of intense pressure and/or pain in the chest. Sometimes, a swollen upper chest, arms, and head may also occur, along with a skin discoloration of bluish-red. If these extra symptoms occur, it may be a sign of lymphomas pushing up against the superior vena cava (SVC). This SVC syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition. Be sure to seek treatment right away.
If Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma occurs in the brain, primary brain lymphomas may cause pressure on the brain and spinal cord. Signs can include trouble thinking or speaking, headache, personality changes, body weakness, double vision, facial numbness, or seizures.
Other Common Symptoms
There are additional signs to watch for in the event of concerns surrounding weed killer exposure and Non-Hodkgin’s Lymphoma risk. Keep in mind that these additional symptoms are also the symptoms of many other, more common health conditions and should be diagnosed and treated by your doctor regardless of the root cause. These common symptoms may include sudden or rapid weight loss, easy bleeding or bruising, the chills, extreme fatigue, recurring fever, and intense night sweats. As a rule of thumb, if you find yourself losing at least 10% of your weight in six months or less - without trying to do so - be sure to check in with your healthcare provider. More generally, these symptoms are meant to guide you to communicate with your doctor and are useful to note along with any history of prolonged exposure to Roundup or another glyphosate.
If You Think You Have Been Impacted by Exposure to Weed Killer...
Do you believe you’ve been affected by prolonged exposure to roundup or another glyphosate weed killer? Have you been experiencing any signs of enlarged lymphs or other common Non-Hodgkin's symptoms? If so, you have options and you are not alone. Your first step is to get in touch with your primary care physician and seek a prompt medical appointment.
In the event of a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis, your next step is to seek the support you deserve to get through this challenging time. Contact the Law Offices of Serling & Abramson by filling out the free case evaluation form below to learn how we can help you.