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Roundup Hairy Cell Leukemia:
Causes, Symptoms, and Legal Options

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Hairy Cell Leukemia, a rare and slow-growing cancer affecting white blood cells, has recently been linked to Roundup, a widely used herbicide containing the controversial ingredient glyphosate.

As a lawyer with almost a decade of experience in Roundup lawsuits, in this article, I will explore the causes, symptoms, and legal options surrounding Hairy Cell Leukemia and its connection to Roundup.

Quick Summary

  • Research has linked Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, to Hairy Cell Leukemia.
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia is a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with symptoms including weakness and fatigue.
  • Individuals exposed to Roundup may be eligible for legal action seeking compensation for medical expenses and damages related to their condition.

Can Roundup Cause Hairy Cell Leukemia?

A doctor using a microscopeYes, Roundup can cause Hairy Cell Leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, has been the subject of extensive research and heated debate concerning its potential impact on human health [1].

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” to humans in 2015 [2].

Although more research is needed to confirm the link, the growing body of evidence suggests a possible connection between Roundup exposure and the development of Hairy Cell Leukemia.

What is Hairy Cell Leukemia?

Leukemia cells under the microscope

Hairy Cell Leukemia is a rare, slow-growing cancer that affects B cells in the bone marrow, blood, and spleen and is classified as a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which includes B cell lymphoma [3].

This disease primarily targets the white blood cells, which are crucial for the immune system and can lead to leukemia cells causing:

  • An increased risk of other forms of cancer, such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas
  • Anemia
  • Infections
  • Fatigue
  • Enlarged spleen

The disease affects the production of red blood cells, leading to anemia and fatigue, and is more prevalent in males than females.

While the exact cause of Hairy Cell Leukemia remains unknown, certain factors, such as glyphosate exposure, have been considered potential risk factors for developing the disease.

Signs and Symptoms

A man experiencing fatigue

Individuals suffering from Hairy Cell Leukemia may experience a range of symptoms, including:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Susceptibility to bruising
  • Infections
  • Swollen lymph nodes

It is important to note that some individuals with Hairy Cell Leukemia might not exhibit any symptoms, especially in the early stages of the disease, making timely diagnosis and treatment challenging.

Who is Affected by the Roundup Hairy Cell Leukemia Lawsuit?

An agricultural worker holding a plantThose affected by the Roundup Hair Cell Leukemia lawsuit have been diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL) and have a documented history of using Roundup products.

This includes agricultural workers, people residing in agricultural areas, recreational gardeners, and others previously exposed to Roundup.

Individuals who used Roundup herbicide and who developed serious illnesses may be eligible to pursue legal action against Monsanto for their physical pain, mental anguish, medical expenses, and future claims related to their condition.

What Types of Damages Can I Recover?

The types of damages that you can recover include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and funeral costs.

It is important to note that the compensation amount in a Roundup Hairy Cell Leukemia lawsuit is contingent upon several factors, such as the seriousness of the illness and the validity of the evidence presented in the case.

Compensation for damages in a Roundup Hairy Cell Leukemia lawsuit can vary significantly. In some cases, settlements have been reached for substantial sums, such as the $2.055 billion awarded in May 2019. 

The compensation amount in a Roundup Hairy Cell Leukemia lawsuit is contingent upon several factors, such as the seriousness of the illness and the validity of the evidence presented in the case.

“Since there is a possible delay of many years between exposure to glyphosate and the development of cancer, it’s likely that victims will continue to come forth for decades. Despite the previous settlement agreements, new claims can be made.”
Peter-T.-Rodgers, Managing Partner And Chair Of The Medical, Hospital & Nursing Home Malpractice Practice Group

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FAQs

Can Roundup Increase Your Chances of Hairy Cell Leukemia?

Yes, Roundup can increase the chances of developing Hairy Cell Leukemia due to the potential carcinogenic effects of its main ingredient, glyphosate. Studies have suggested that exposure to Roundup may be associated with an increased risk of Hairy Cell Leukemia, although further research is necessary to verify this correlation.

Is Hairy Cell Leukemia a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

Yes, Hairy Cell Leukemia is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as it affects B cells in the bone marrow, blood, and spleen. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which is an integral part of the immune system and is characterized by the unchecked growth of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.

What Are Hairy Cell Leukemia Lawsuit Cases?

Hairy Cell Leukemia lawsuit cases involve individuals seeking legal redress for damages incurred due to their exposure to Roundup and subsequent diagnosis of the disease. Individuals exposed to Roundup and diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia may be eligible to pursue legal action in the form of a lawsuit for potential compensation.

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Suppose you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia and believe your exposure to Roundup may be a contributing factor.

In that case, our attorneys at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are here to help you navigate the legal process and determine if you have a compensation case. 

We understand that dealing with a cancer diagnosis is an incredibly challenging and emotionally taxing experience, and we are committed to providing the support and guidance you need during this difficult time.


References:

  1. https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/glyphosate
  2. https://www.iarc.who.int/featured-news/media-centre-iarc-news-glyphosate/#:~:text=In%20March%202015%2C%20IARC%20classified,of%20%E2%80%9Cpure%E2%80%9D%20glyphosate).
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hairy-cell-leukemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20372956

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