Sunscreen, Benzene and Cancer Lawsuits – Here’s How To File
Summer and sunscreen as well as deodorant sprays go hand in hand. After spending over a year cooped up in their homes and being limited with regard to socializing as well as traveling, millions of Americans are out in full force this summer, with their trusted brands of spray and lotions in their bags. While looking good, smelling great and protecting oneself from the damaging UV rays of the sun, one’s safety is of ultimate importance. Manufacturers have used benzene as a preservative for decades when it comes to personal care products, and this has led to an increase in certain health issues as well as cancers, and their negligence has lead to the deaths of thousands, and the injury of tens of thousands. Benzene was found to be a carcinogen decades ago, but manufacturers still used it with abandon because it is such a great preservative, making products last way beyond their shelf life. Numerous lawsuits on benzene exposure have been filed across the country, and it may now be possible to seek justice and compensation after using products made with benzene.
Did you use a spray or a suntan lotion or any other personal care product with benzene and then went on to suffer health complications or even leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Our benzene cancer attorneys are there for you, every step of the way – all it takes is just one call to (773) 825-3605. We have over 90 YEARS of combined legal experience that we would love to put to work for you to get you the justice and compensation you deserve after being hurt by Benzene-containing products. We work on contingency fee basis, and what this means is that we don’t charge you anything for your lawsuit until we’ve recovered compensation on your behalf, at the very end of the whole process. If you’d like to speak with one of our Benzene exposure and cancer lawsuits attorney, please call us NOW at (773) 825-3605. Serving all Benzene victims countrywide.
Is Benzene In Sunscreen Dangerous?
A recent study has shown that there are currently over 80 products in the market containing benzene, a toxic carcinogen. It is particularly found in sunscreen lotions as well as sunscreen sprays. This compound is typically not found in sunscreen products, so researchers opined that it must have gotten into said products unintentionally during the manufacturing process.
Benzene contamination is something that doesn’t affect all sunscreen products, and certainly not all sunscreen batches. This may point to negligence and a manufacturing defect that was caused by someone not doing their job in the manner in which they were required to do.
Does My Suncreen Have Benzene?
Here’s a helpful list:
- Aveeno Protect + Refresh spray
- Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport sunscreen
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen
- Neutrogena Indivisible Daily defense sunscreen spray
What Exactly is Benzene?
Benzene is a colorless, amber liquid that is commonly used in the production of petrol, refining coal manufacturing as well as tire manufacturing industries. It is also a component of products used around the house such as paint thinners, lacquers and varnish removers. Benzene is a solvent as it allows various liquids with different viscosities to mix together in order to form an emulsion. It is also a preservative as it inhibits the growth of harmful biological agents such as bacterium and fungus, making it ideal for personal care products that usually come into contact with these agents as one uses the product either by opening and closing the lid or putting their hands and fingers in the product.
Benzene Side-Effects: Cancer a Possibility
Benzene has been shown to cause certain cancers as shown by the CDC as well as the WHO and the U.S. Department of Human Services. It is interesting to note that this information has been known about for over a century, but it still continues to be used widely in numerous products meant for human consumption.
Here are the short-term effects of benzene:
- Narcosis or sleepiness
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
- One may lose consciousness
Benzene Exposure in Pregnant Women
Benzene is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and their babies as it has the potential to breach the bloodstream and access the amniotic fluid, leading to low birth weight, birth defects such as spina bifida, as well as developmental delays and mental retardation.
Benzene Products Recall
With regard to benzene in certain common sunscreen brands, Valisure asked that the FDA recall certain sunscreen batches found to have benzene. The organization also asked that the FDA conduct thorough investigations when it comes to sunscreen product manufacturing, letting the public know if there are any products in the market containing this carcinogen, as well as heralding or spearheading the analysis of these products by coming up with a safety and guidance protocol to test on the same.
The cancers associated with benzene exposure are:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia – This is a cancer of the blood that develops slowly in the bone marrow, which is responsible for the production of red blood cells.
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome or MDA – This cancer particularly affects individuals over the age of 60, and it affects the bone marrow and blood as well
- Lymphoma – This is a cancer of the immune system and it occurs particularly within the lymphatic system. Some of the most commonly-occurring lymphomas include Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
Benzene Cancer Attorneys – Call Us Today!
Our team at McCready Law has helped thousands of individuals seek the justice and compensation they deserve over the years. We understand that cancer is a challenging diagnosis, and if you used any product containing benzene for an extended amount of time, it is highly likely the proximate cause of your cancer. We would love to extend a hand to help you along this journey so you can hold companies that put benzene in their products accountable for their actions. We work on contingency fee basis, so you never have to worry about legal fees or any hidden fees. Were you negatively affected by a personal care product containing benzene? Please give us a call NOW at (773) 825-3605 to learn more about how we can help. Thanks for choosing us, and we look forward to helping you.