With the constant news about the COVID-19 pandemic, people are understandably worried. People with cancer or serious health conditions might feel especially worried or anxious. Since the COVID-19 outbreak is so new, we are still learning exactly how this virus affects cancer patients. However, it is known that cancer and its treatment may weaken the immune system making cancer patients more vulnerable to infections, including COVID-19. Those cancer patients over 60 are at the highest risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma originates in the lymphatic system – which is your body’s infection fighting network. The cancer can suppress or negatively affect your immune system. Certain cancer treatments work by killing cancer cells. At the same time, the treatments can kill or prevent the production of healthy cells, which can weaken your immune system and increase risk of infection.
As there is no current vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure. Like everyone, cancer patients should following the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus:
In addition, family members and caregivers of people with NHL should take extra precautions to minimize risks.
Our firm is actively monitoring new information on COVID-19, and will post new information that might be pertinent to our clients.
Roundup is a weed killer that has been on the market for over 40 years. It has been used for large-scale agriculture and by homeowners across the country to maintain their gardens and get rid of weeds. However, in recent years, the harm this popular weed killer has on users has become more and more apparent.
Roundup contains the herbicide Glyphosate. Lawsuits have alleged, and juries have repeatedly found, that Monsanto, the company behind Roundup, was aware of the dangers of Glyphosate—yet failed to warn consumers. There is also evidence that several scientific papers claiming Roundup was safe were, in fact, ghostwritten by Monsanto. Unfortunately, because the company insists on the safety of Roundup despite conflicting evidence, many people are still not taking proper safety precautions when using this chemical.
Users may expose themselves to Roundup and its dangers via inhalation or from skin contact. Therefore, it is important to be fully covered and wear a face mask if the handling of these chemicals is required.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published the results of a year-long investigation into the link between several different insecticides and herbicides, including Glyphosate and cancer. The group concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
This weed killer has been on the market for over 40 years and has been used by farmers, as well as millions of homeowners. Due to its widespread use, many individuals are developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of the carcinogen in the product. In extensive research done by the International Agency on Cancer Research, a subsidiary of WHO, it was found that prolonged exposure to Roundup is not a necessity to cause cancer. Instead, it was found that those with as little as eight hours of cumulative exposure were at risk of developing cancer.
Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC