Any amount of exposure to Roundup may be dangerous, as this popular herbicide contains a possible carcinogen, glyphosate. People exposed to large amounts of glyphosate products may face more health hazards than those with limited exposure.
Evidence Indicating Roundup Is Dangerous to Humans
Roundup is a popular herbicide used since the 1970s to eliminate unwanted vegetation and weeds near crops and plants. Known for its effectiveness, many countries have used Roundup on vegetation and crops for decades.
However, research began to show that Roundup is dangerous to humans due to research indicating that glyphosate, the main ingredient, is a probable carcinogen as detailed by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Roundup and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Research does not yet show an actual quantifiable amount of Roundup that will result in the development of serious medical conditions. Therefore, researchers and scientists conclude that if a farmworker or an agricultural worker has concerns regarding how much Roundup is dangerous, they should avoid this product altogether to decrease the risk of developing cancers or other severe medical conditions.
One of the most direct correlations between Roundup and cancer includes the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in those workers who suffered extended exposures to Roundup and glyphosate. In fact, research published in Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research that herbicides with glyphosate may cause this disease.
Corroboration of this research appeared in both the Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM) journal as well as the International Journal of Cancer. While no specific amount of Roundup was ever provided that would increase the risk, these researchers found that if a worker had exposure to Roundup over 10 years, their risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma increased substantially.
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Roundup and Other Dangers
Unfortunately, Roundup is dangerous not only because it increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but due to the fact it appears to increase the risk of other types of serious medical issues. The chemical glyphosate has proven to have connections with the altering of a person’s actual DNA structure, according to research published in the Archives of Toxicology.
With other diseases potentially connected to the exposure of Roundup, including multiple myeloma, kidney cancer, and other conditions, any amount of exposure to Roundup may prove dangerous, and therefore, those farmers and agricultural workers should consider other options regarding herbicides.
Disagreement Over Scientific Results
Science is not always a clear-cut process that moves in a straight line. Many researchers disagree with others until a majority of the evidence eventually sways one side to the other. Because scientists and researchers base their determinations on facts found in complex research and analysis, a division can always exist within a scientific community regarding the danger or safety of a particular substance.
Currently, the World Health Organization asserts that glyphosate found in Roundup is dangerous. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disagrees with that particular finding and asserts that glyphosate is safe and not a carcinogen.
The debate may continue for some time. However, it is important to note that research from Environmental Sciences Europe indicates that those scientists who claim Roundup and glyphosate remain safe base conclusions on different studies and data, as well as different levels of exposure based on population.
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What to Do If You Have Suffered Exposure to Roundup
If you have suffered exposure to Roundup for substantial periods of time due to the nature of your work or employment, you should always seek the advice of a medical professional if you begin to develop any signs of cancer or other concerning health conditions. While potential illness connected to Roundup or other glyphosate herbicides will have different signs and symptoms, always make sure to visit with your doctor or medical professional regarding your exposure to Roundup. Your physician can take this information into account when making a determination regarding diagnostic testing, diagnoses, or medical treatments.
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Consider a Roundup Lawyer
If you developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cancer, or other serious medical condition as a result of your exposure to Roundup, learn how a Roundup lawyer can help you understand your legal rights by speaking with our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your case and help you with your next steps.