Some of the world’s most popular pesticides have been linked to the development of cancers like non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Monsanto’s Roundup, in particular, has been the focus of several lawsuits over recent months.
The Roundup formula contains glyphosate, which has been categorized as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO). In one study, scientists found that exposure to glyphosate increased the risk of NHL by 41 percent.
Roundup also contains surfactants, which facilitate the absorption of glyphosate. Research indicates that any exposure to glyphosate, including contacting, inhaling, and ingesting it, can be dangerous.
Glyphosate Has Been Linked to Several Kinds of Cancer
WHO research suggests that Roundup’s particular formula of glyphosate and surfactants can damage DNA in such a way that it increases the likelihood of developing tumors in general and NHL specifically. NHL refers to cancer that starts in the lymphocytes, which are the body’s white blood cells. There are several different kinds of NHL, so the prognosis and the most effective approach to treatment depend on the circumstances.