Lieff Cabraser is investigating cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) in patients exposed to pentachlorophenol (PCP). In October, 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, evaluated the carcinogenicity of pentachlorophenol and classified it as Carcinogenic to Humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence that PCP causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans; the IARC report noted that in all available epidemiological studies, exposure to PCP was positively associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4% of all cancers. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma for 2016 are: About 72,580 people (40,170 males and 32,410 females) will be diagnosed with NHL.
PCP is an insecticide that is classified as a persistent organic pollutant under the Stockholm Convention. PCP had many different trade names, including Dowicide, Penchlorol, Penta, Penta Plus, Pentachloral, Pentacon, Penwar, Priltox, Santobrite, Santophen 20, Sinituho, and Weedone. PCP is a multipurpose pesticide which has mainly been used as a wood preservative and which has also been used as a biocide in the leather and textile industries. In Europe and North America, the sale to consumers of products containing PCP has been restricted since the 1990s.
Persons may have been exposed to PCP’s by living adjacent to wood processing plants that used PCP to preserve wood and/or by working in PCP manufacturing plants and/or by working with railcars transporting PCP or PCP-laden products. PCP dust and fumes can be inhaled. At room temperature, PCP has no odor, but when heated has a strong medicinal odor, which is described as a sweet or burnt smell. It can also be absorbed through the skin and ingested from contaminated hands while eating meals.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with lymphoma you suspect is related to PCP exposure, please use this form to contact Lieff Cabraser today for a free, no-obligation review of your infection injury case. Or you may call us right now toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Fabrice Vincent.