Whether you’re a weekend gardener or a fulltime professional landscaper or gardener, you’ve probably heard about the lawsuits being filed by victims of Roundup cancer. Roundup is the most popular weed killer in the market, and its main ingredient is glyphosate. The product’s manufacturer, Monsanto, has been named in over 13,000 lawsuits filed by people who have been diagnosed with cancer that they blame on the product. Though the company claims the product is safe, the World Health Organization has issued warnings calling it “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Should you be concerned about your risk of Roundup cancer? That is a difficult question to answer. Many of those filing the legal claims against the company claim blame their diagnoses to exposure to the product, but not all have the same level or extent of use. That makes it a challenge for both victims and the defendants to determine whether the weed killer is the cause of their illness.
Juries Tasked With Question of Roundup Cancer Blame
When lawsuits are filed claiming that a product has caused an illness, it is often up to a jury to determine the cause with the help of expert witnesses. So far, the cases that have been heard against Roundup cancer have been decided in favor of victims. One of the earliest cases led to a terminally ill California man being awarded $289 million against the company, and in May of 2019, a jury awarded a couple $2 billion in damages.
Experts say that if you are concerned about your own risk of Roundup cancer then your best bet is to avoid the product entirely. There is little evidence as to how high a volume of the product is enough to make an individual sick. If you must work with Roundup, they suggest that you do your best to cover your skin, as it may cause eye or skin irritation. More importantly, work to protect yourself from breathing in any of the product that is sprayed into the air. There have been many documented cases of the product causing irritation and burns in the nose and throat from inhaling or swallowing the product, while more serious outcomes come from inhalation.