A Cape Coral, Florida, man is one of the latest cancer patients to file a lawsuit against Monsanto, alleging the agro-chemical giant’s Roundup weed killer spray caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
John Vicory told South Florida’s NBC2 that he is a former employee of an Ohio public works department, a job in which he routinely sprayed Roundup for more than 30 years.
Then, like many people who have been exposed to Roundup, Mr. Vicory was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. He told NBC2 that he was “absolutely shocked” to learn that a product he worked so closely with and which continues to be used around the world, would give him cancer.
Mr. Vicory suspected a connection between his cancer and Roundup when he heard that a group of international cancer researchers classified the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, as a probable human carcinogen.
“I didn’t think Monsanto would sell something that would give me Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” Mr. Vicory told NBC2.
“There are dozens and dozens of studies that have been done on glyphosate and also the product, and there are strong findings through animal studies and human epidemiology, that this chemical and the product itself causes Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” a lawyer involved in personal injury litigation against Monsanto told NBC2. “Sadly we have products in the marketplace that have hurt people, are hurting people now, and will hurt people in the future.”
Monsanto adamantly denies that Roundup can cause cancer and has marketed the weed killer as safe as table salt, but many physicians question the company’s certainty on the subject.
Dr. Carol Roberts, a physician at the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine in Naples, told NBC2 that she believes glyphosate is dangerous to human health “because anything that is anti-life is going to have bad effects on our bodies,” she said.
“When you see people who have been exposed to one particular toxicant, and they’re all developing the same type of cancer, I would say that’s pretty good evidence,” she told NBC2.