It was only in 1979 that the United States Congress issued a ban on the manufacturing of products that contain or could cause PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls. Though the company has gone through different owners and names, the Monsanto Company has been proven to be responsible for 99% of PCBs in the United States.
They have been in operation since at least 1930 though there are claims that they have been in manufacturing since the early 1900s. It was an internal note that was discovered, then, that Monsanto was aware that their products were hazardous to the health of the people in the affected areas. Due to improper disposal, many of their products have ended up in bodies of water, thereby severely affecting marine life and sediment foundation in the affected bodies of water.
The dangers of the presence of this substance has made itself known over the years and is still very much felt to this day.
There has been a link between Monsanto PCBs and a particular kind of cancer more commonly known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma or NHL.This is a kind of cancer that originates from the body’s lympathic system, found in the immune system. According to the website of the American Cancer Society, this is a rare kind of cancer with only 20,000 to 200,000 cases a year. People who live in the areas that expose them to PCBs are put into higher risk of contracting this disease.
Several doctors might be required to be put on the team for the patient to be treated and sometimes, surgery is necessary in some rare cases of NHL. A hematologist, a doctor who specializes in discrepancies found in the blood; a medical oncologist, a doctor who treats cancer through medical means like chemotherapy; and a radiation oncologist, a doctor who treats cancer through means involving radiation may be called into the scene and such endeavors are known to be stressful, strenuous, and costly.