Whether you worked in landscaping for decades or you started a small garden last year, you may be worried about your risk of cancer following exposure to Roundup. The world’s most popular weed killer, Roundup has been making national headlines over recent months after researchers at the Worth Health Organization linked one of its primary ingredients, glyphosate, to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Because different studies have come to different conclusions regarding glyphosate’s carcinogenic status, researchers at the University of Washington decided to conduct a meta-analysis on the subject. Their findings indicate that it is, indeed, a probable carcinogen.
Research suggests that applying Roundup more than two days per year may double the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. And since studies indicate that it’s not necessarily prolonged exposure that’s most dangerous but, rather, concentrated exposure over just a few days, there’s a broad population of people who might have been affected.
Specifically, the following groups of people might be at a higher risk of suffering the effects of glyphosate exposure in concentrated amounts:
Farmers who rely on glyphosate to keep weeds at bay may be exposed to the alleged carcinogen on a regular basis. Since the National Wheat Foundation has suggested that Roundup is not harmful when used as directed, many farmers never wore protection when applying the herbicide. The NWF can make this claim because unlike the World Health Organization, America’s own Environmental Protection Agency has not deemed glyphosate a probable carcinogen.
Professional landscapers may be exposed to as much, if not more, glyphosate over the course of a single year as farmers. Even during shifts when they’re not spraying the herbicide, they may be exposed to it while tending to manicured lawns, flowers, trees, and shrubbery.
Athletes who play outside on grassy fields may be exposed to weed killer all season long. As such, both student athletes and professionals who play sports like football, soccer, lacrosse, and golf may have a higher risk of developing cancer linked to glyphosate.
If your property doesn’t have much of a lawn or you’re not all that concerned about weeds, applying herbicides may not be a priority. If, on the other hand, you pride yourself in maintaining lush, green grass and you do so with the help of products like Roundup, you may have a slightly higher risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma than the average person.
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