Roundup Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Lawsuit
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is a blood cancer some farmers or farm workers may suffer if they are exposed to Roundup. Monsanto faces Roundup Cancer Lawsuits brought by people suffering from leukemia which they say was caused by Roundup exposure. In these cases, plaintiffs charge that they were never warned about the increased risk of cancer and the link between Roundup and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia?
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is cancer of white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells are made in bone marrow and fight infections.
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Matthews & Associates is accepting Roundup Cancer Lawsuits in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma, or chronic lymphocytic leukemia, contact our law offices now for a free legal case consultation. Use this contact form or call us toll free at 888/520-5202.
Woman With Chronic Leukemia Files Roundup Lawsuit
On September 22, 2015, a woman diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) after exposure to Roundup filed a Roundup cancer lawsuit (see complaint).
Judy Fitzgerald charges in her petition that she was routinely exposed to Roundup while working at N&O Horticulture Products in New York from 1994 to 1998. Ms. Fitzgerald said that she became ill several times within hours of her Roundup exposure.
The lawsuit is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York – In Re: Judy Fitzgerald v. Monsanto Co. – Case No. 2:15-cv-05494.
Risk of Leukemia From Roundup
Roundup was classified as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Cancer research agency experts cited studies linking Roundup to blood cancers and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in farm-workers around the world.
Roundup, which is much more toxic than glyphosate, its one named active ingredient, has been detected in the blood and urine of agricultural workers as well as people all over the country. It was recently detected in every European Parliament Green Party member. It is likely detectable in every person who walks and breathes in this country. (Spoiler alert: Just because you don’t gave a grapefruit-sized tumor growing from your head doesn’t mean Roundup is not affecting you in some nefarious way.) Recent studies have also shown that Roundup badly affects the livers of rats at doses thousands of times lower than those allowed by the U.S. EPA. Glyphosate is undeniably absorbed by the human body, and it accumulates in body tissues. In 2013, the Obama administration, a longtime Monsanto supporter, doubled the allowable level of glyphosate in our drinking water.
Roundup Adjuvants raise the Ante
Besides glyphosate, Roundup contains many other chemicals which are not listed or traced. When these adjuvants are added to the Roundup bundle, and they are always added, they give Roundup a toxic punch many times greater than glyphosate alone. POEA is one such chemical, a surfactant meant to help glyphosate penetrate plants, humans, and animals. POEA is known to be toxic to fish and amphibians. Monsanto claims proprietary privilege on many other Roundup ingredients, and the U.S. EPA allows the company to largely write its own policies for increasing pesticide use, and creating more and more pesticides, more and more profits at the expense of our environment, our food, livestock, pets, and us.
Leukemia cells unfortunately live long lives while they crowd out healthy cells over time and make it hard for the body to fight infections, supply oxygen to tissues, control bleeding. Leukemia can also spread to the lymph nodes, spleen, brain.
Symptoms of Chronic Leukemia
Chronic leukemia usually develops slowly and does not cause any symptoms in its early stages. Symptoms of CLL may include:
• Lymph node lumps: neck, armpit, groin
• Enlarged lymph nodes
• Pain or fullness below ribs (enlarged spleen)
• Unexplained weight-loss
• Night sweats
Testing & Diagnosis for Chronic Leukemia
CLL is diagnosed in about ½ the cases after the patient has a blood test which finds high white blood cell counts. Blood tests are usually sufficient for diagnosis, but patients may also need to undergo bone marrow or lymph node biopsy.
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery to remove the spleen, targeted therapy to kill cancer cells. CLL is rarely curable, however, because it grows so slowly that normal treatments are not very effective. In addition, chemotherapy fails some 97% of the people poisoned with it. When CLL is not causing symptoms, a “watch and wait” approach is recommended in place of treatment, which, considering the astounding failure rate of chemotherapy, might be the best approach for many victims of the disease.
Do I have a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit?
Matthews & Associates is accepting Roundup cancer cases in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup, contact our lawyers for a free legal case consultation. Use this form or call us at 888.520.5202.