Despite controversial new study, there’s still no evidence Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer, epidemiologist says

| | February 18, 2019
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News stories have exploded recently…. screaming that glyphosate [the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup] is a cancer-causing evil that causes a 41% increase in people who are exposed to the chemical.

Using….combined evidence, from dozens of studies, we can pretty conclusively say: there is no evidence that glyphosate causes most cancers in human beings.

The biggest study done on glyphosate risk….looked at 55,000 people, followed them for decades, and found that there was no increased risk in people who were exposed to higher levels of glyphosate….So where are the terrifying headlines coming from?

Well, researchers recently did what’s known as a meta-analysis….[T]hey combined all of the studies that have been done looking at [Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma]….They found that being exposed to the highest levels of glyphosate for long periods of time was associated with a 41% increased risk of developing the cancer.

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Overall, even if we accept the results on face value, the study isn’t that meaningful to individuals. The increased risk, in absolute terms, was only about 0.5%….It was also for people who have been exposed to very high levels of glyphosate, often for decades….

Ultimately, the evidence is clear: glyphosate doesn’t cause most cancers. People who use glyphosate every day for most of their lives might be at an increased risk of a single, rare, type of cancer, but even this hasn’t been well demonstrated….

Read full, original article: Glyphosate Isn’t Giving You Cancer

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