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In recent years, there has been growing concern about the potential link between Roundup, a widely-used herbicide, and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), a slow-progressing cancer that affects white blood cells.

As the public becomes increasingly aware of this potential connection, many individuals seek answers and justice through Roundup’s leukemia lawsuits.

As a lawyer with almost a decade of experience dealing with Roundup lawsuits, I am writing this article to provide a comprehensive overview of chronic lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), its potential connection to Roundup, and the ongoing legal battle surrounding this issue.

Quick Summary

  • Research suggests a possible link between exposure to Roundup and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).
  • The WHO has classified glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, as “probably carcinogenic” to humans.
  • Those exposed to the herbicide may be eligible for compensation through filing a lawsuit.

Can Roundup Cause Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia?

A microscopic view of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Yes, Roundup can cause Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Numerous scientific studies have investigated the potential connection between glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Roundup weed killer, and chronic Leukemia, specifically CLL [1].

Some studies have proposed a possible association between Roundup exposure and various types of cancer, including:

Research has indicated that high exposure to glyphosate can result in a 41 percent increased risk of developing blood cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma [2].

Furthermore, exposure to Roundup has been associated with an increased likelihood of developing B-cell lymphoma, a type of blood and bone marrow cancer.

Although the relationship between Roundup and CLL remains definitively proven, the mounting evidence has prompted legal action in the form of Roundup leukemia lawsuits.

Related Article: Roundup Lawsuit Update

A doctor using a microscope

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, as a probable human carcinogen [3]. 

This classification means that exposure to glyphosate could increase an individual’s risk of developing cancer.

This classification raises concerns about the potential link between glyphosate exposure and various types of cancer, including:

  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • B-cell lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma

Several studies have indicated a possible association between glyphosate exposure and CLL.

A University of California study revealed an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which includes CLL as a subtype [4]. However, the study has been criticized for its methodology and sample size.

What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia?

Leukemia cells under the microscopeChronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is a type of cancer that affects white blood cells and progresses slowly [5].

As a form of Leukemia, CLL affects the production and functioning of blood cells in the body and is distinct from other types of blood cancers, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

CLL primarily affects individuals of advanced age and progresses slowly.

Some of the most important risk factors for developing CLL include smoking.

Smoking can worsen CLL symptoms and weaken the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to fight infections.

“Risk of Leukemia From Roundup Roundup was classified as a “probable human carcinogen .”
World Health Organization

Symptoms and Diagnosis of CLL

The symptoms of CLL can vary greatly and may not be noticeable in the early stages of the disease. Individuals may experience various symptoms as CLL progresses, including fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and weight loss.

Doctors typically use blood tests, bone marrow biopsies, and imaging studies to diagnose CLL.

Early Stage Symptoms

A guy experiencing fatigue as early stage symptom

Early-stage CLL symptoms may be mild or absent, making diagnosing difficult.

Some of the early-stage symptoms of CLL include:

  • Enlarged, yet painless, lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Pain in the upper left portion of the abdomen

Advanced Stage Symptoms

A woman under the blanket that has a fever

As CLL progresses to advanced stages, symptoms become more pronounced and can include:

  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Frequent infections
  • Pain or a sense of fullness in the upper left portion of the abdomen
  • Anemia

The differences between early and advanced-stage CLL symptoms highlight the importance of regular check-ups and close monitoring to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

Who is Affected by the Roundup Leukemia Lawsuit?

Those affected by the Roundup leukemia lawsuit include farmers, landscapers, and others exposed to Roundup who subsequently developed Leukemia.

The ongoing legal battle seeks to hold the manufacturer of Roundup accountable for its alleged harmful effects and to compensate those who have suffered from their exposure to the herbicide.

The lawsuit alleges that Roundup is a carcinogen and that the manufacturer failed to warn consumers.

What Damages Can I Recover?

A close up shot of court gavelThe damages you can recover in a Roundup leukemia lawsuit include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other associated costs.

The specific damages awarded in each case will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding the individual’s exposure to Roundup, their diagnosis, and the impact of the illness on their life and livelihood.

It is important to understand that each case is unique, and the compensation awarded will depend on the case.

That is why you must consult a knowledgeable lawyer who can advise you on moving forward with a Roundup cancer lawsuit if you have been diagnosed with cancer linked to glyphosate exposure.

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What Can I Do to Protect Myself from Roundup?

To protect yourself from Roundup, wear protective clothing, use protective equipment, and strictly adhere to the instructions on the product label. Additionally, applying herbicides on days with no wind can help minimize the amount of Roundup spread through the air, reducing the risk of exposure.

How Can I Get Involved in the Lawsuit?

To become involved in the Roundup leukemia lawsuit, you must contact an experienced attorney who can provide a free case evaluation. 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with CLL after exposure to Roundup, you may be eligible to pursue a Roundup leukemia lawsuit.

At Schmidt & Clark, LLP free legal consultation with an experienced attorney can help determine if you have a valid claim and guide you through the legal process.

Don’t hesitate to seek justice and compensation for the harm you have suffered – contact us today.


References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6706269/
  2. https://www.cancercenter.com/community/blog/2021/07/does-glyphosate-cause-cancer
  3. https://www.iarc.who.int/featured-news/media-centre-iarc-news-glyphosate/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4155456/
  5. https://www.cancercenter.com/cancer-types/leukemia/types/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia

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