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Does Roundup really cause cancer?

Are you a cancer patient who has used the weed killer called Roundup in the past? If so, you may have heard about the potential link between Roundup and cancer. Whether you have overheard it around work or read something in the news, you are likely rightfully concerned.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer cited research that the weed killer is a potential carcinogen that can cause cancer. Below is an overview of safety concerns surrounding Roundup and some recent findings.

Unsealed documents

Over the past few years, the California court and an international panel have insisted the active ingredient in Roundup – glyphosate – causes cancer. Concerns have heightened since California federal court unsealed evidence on March 14, 2017. The two most important findings are:

  • Questionable emails: Communications between federal regulators and Roundup manufacturer Monsanto suggest Monsanto had actually ghostwritten research attributed to independent academic researchers.
  • Killed federal review: Documents indicate a senior official from the Environmental Protection Agency played a role in stopping the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from reviewing glyphosate.

These documents have serious implications for farmers and consumers across the globe who have used Roundup.

Conflicting findings

The European Chemicals Agency threw another wrench into the allegations by releasing the results of their glyphosate review. These overseas regulators claim the weed killer is safe and does not cause cancer. Many scientists across the world continue to disagree with these results, and concerns about the dangers are not going away.

Monsanto plays a huge role in the agriculture industry, going so far as to genetically engineer corn, cotton and soybeans to make it easier to spray these crops with Roundup. These safety concerns are not trivial to people like you. Many lawsuits have been filed across the country claiming the chemical caused cancer. If you are thinking about bringing a case against Monsanto, talk to a mass tort attorney.

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