There was rarely a time that Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Councilman Chris Roberts wasn’t around Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. His father worked for a Monsanto supplier for more than three decades. Roberts often used the product around the house and always had a jug in his car, his garage and even his office.
When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma in April 2006 at the age of 29, his doctors were puzzled. Most people diagnosed with lymphoma are in their 60s or older, according to the American Cancer Society. Causes include exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Roberts believes his regular exposure to Roundup contributed to his cancer diagnosis.
On Sept. 14, Roberts became one of more than 8,700 people suing Monsanto in U.S. courts alleging ingredients in Roundup causes cancer.
“Basically, there was almost never a time when Roberts was not in close proximity of Roundup … or using Roundup since the age of 15,” his lawsuit states.
His lawsuit comes a month after a former school groundskeeper was awarded $289 million by a San Francisco jury after finding that his regular use of Roundup and Monsanto’s generic version Ranger Pro contributed to his cancer.
Roberts endured 32 chemotherapy treatments in the three years following his diagnosis. He announced the disease was in remission on May 6, 2009. He is now 41. Non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma is generally a slower-growing type of lymphoma. There is no cure for the disease.
American Cancer Society