The long-stewing dispute over whether or not the world’s most extensively used glyphosate-based herbicide encourages cancer growth has sprung anew. Glyphosate, a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide, is the primary ingredient in weed killers like Monsanto’s Roundup. Earlier this year, in a San Francisco courtroom, opposing counsel gave its closing arguments for the first stage of an intensely scrutinized lawsuit against German multinational pharmaceutical and life science goliath Bayer, which purchased the Monsanto corporation the previous summer. The lawsuit, filed by Edwin Hardeman, insists that his decades of Roundup use are what caused him to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
This lawsuit understandably made headlines, largely due to its outcome wherein the jury favored the plaintiff and ordered Monsanto to pay him $80.2 million. Over the next few years, we are sure to see many, many more cases just like this one coming and going from courtrooms, which will hopefully spread awareness about exactly what this disease is and what it does to your body.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a form of blood cancer that begins in your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a system of organs and tissues that aid in ridding the body of waste, toxins, and additional unwanted substances. Its main goal is to carry lymph all through your body. Lymph is a fluid that is saturated with infection-fighting white blood cells, When a person has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, they suddenly develop tumors that are caused by lymphocytes, which are a sort of white blood cell.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is much more prevalent than the lesser-known, non-specific form of lymphoma, called Hodgkin lymphoma. Several variant subsets of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are also recognized. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, as well as follicular lymphoma, are two of the more frequently diagnosed subsets.
Medical advances in the treatment and diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have done a lot to lighten the outlook for those who are suffering from this disease.
Some of the more common, early developing symptoms and signs of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can include but are not limited to:
Schedule a meeting with your physician if you display any ongoing symptoms and/or signs that concern you.
In the majority of cases, doctors have no idea what gives rise to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In certain cases, it is because of a vulnerable immune system. It starts after your lymphatic system has manufactured an excess of atypical lymphocytes (a kind of white blood cell).
Traditionally, lymphocytes rotate through a very calculable life cycle. The mature lymphocytes die off and, what a healthy body will do is make new ones in order to take their place. When a person has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, however, their lymphocytes do not kill themselves off but instead, they carry on growing and then they split. This extreme surplus of lymphocytes packs itself into their lymph nodes, resulting in acute swelling.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma originates in one of two places on the body. Those places are:
Knowing if your non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma originated in your B-cells or in your T-cells will go a long way when it comes to selecting the right option for your medical treatment.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma typically centers around the appearance of carcinogenic lymphocytes inside of your lymph nodes. The blood cancer, however, is also able to reach into various areas of your lymphatic system. The areas in which this is able to take place are the tonsils, lymphatic vessels, spleen, adenoids, bone marrow, and thymus. From time to time, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma does include some organs that are not a part of your lymphatic system.
In the majority of cases, people who are fated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma do not seem to possess any apparent, relevant biological factors and a lot of people who do display the warning signs for the illness never even experience it.
There are certain aspects of a person’s lifestyle and overall health that could possibly increase the likelihood of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include but are not limited to:
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