Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuits – Were You Affected?
Sunscreen is a vital part of summer, and the public has come to trust certain brands such as Neutrogena, Johnson & Johnson and Banana Boat to come up with great-smelling and effective sunscreen sprays and lotions in order to protect their skin for the duration of the summer. However, new information coming out of consumer groups as well as the FDA has shown that a number of sunscreen products contain a chemical compound known as benzene which has been shown in the past to be a potential carcinogen, which simply means that it may cause various cancers upon prolonged exposure. This news comes as a shock to many individuals who have faithfully used these products for years, and even decades, as this information wasn’t shared by the companies that make these products which could potentially mean that thousands of individuals may have developed and needlessly died of cancer which could have been prevented had the makers of these sunscreens let the public know. If you developed cancer as a result of using certain benzene-containing sunscreen, you have every right to file a lawsuit in order to recover money damages as well as justice for you and your loved ones.
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The sunscreens named in the benzene cancer debacle include the following:
- Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol
- Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense aerosol
- Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol
- Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol
Why is Benzene in Sunscreen So Dangerous?
Benzene is an amber and odorless liquid which can be cooled down and used in aerosols. It is a well-known preservative due to its ability to retard or slow down the degradation of other compounds, making it a popular preservative in the cosmetics and beauty industry. The problem, however, with benzene, is that it has been shown to accumulate in the liver and kidneys, therefore causing cellular changes which then result in mutations, setting the stage for the development of cancer. As per California’s Proposition 65, Benzene has been listed as a chemical that is known to cause cancer, reproductive harm and even birth defects, making it a banned substance in the state. Benzene is also known by various names such as oxybenzone, benzophenone, sulisobenzone and BP.
Octocrylene in Sunscreen Dangers
Hot on the heels of benzene, research have only recently sounded the alarm regarding the presence of yet another chemical in sunscreen known as octocrylene, which was only discovered by scientists in these skin and beauty products a few months after the benzene in sunscreen announcement came out.
Craig Downs, the principal researcher behind this discovery, stated that octocrylene has been shown to degrade or break down to form benzophenone, which is structurally similar to the carcinogen benzene.
In addition, it was shown via lab studies that octocrylene was able to accumulate to much higher levels inside the body than other chemicals, thereby potentiating its toxicity. What’s alarming about octocrylene, however, is that it was shown to be present in over 2,300 sunscreen products, some of which include Supergoop, Neutrogena and Coppertone.
Benzene Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuits – Do I Have a Case?
It is important to note at this point that manufacturers owe consumers something called duty of care which is a legal principle meant to keep consumers safe by the careful manufacturing of products in line with safety regulations. Should they breach this duty of care by acting in a negligent or careless manner, they may be liable for the injuries and damages suffered by consumers. In the few sunscreen cancer lawsuits brought forth, the legal principle of failure to warn kept coming up, in that the affected consumers opined that they never would have used said sunscreens had they known about the dangers of the carcinogen benzene.
Benzene Cancer Dangers
Benzophenone is particularly liked by the sunscreen industry due to its ability to absorb UV rays which are known to cause sunburn as well as make individuals prone to skin cancer over time. It is also found in household products, and is often added to perfumes and other personal care products. It is alleged by the FDA that under certain doses, benzophenone is perfectly safe and can even be used in food items as an additive. However, the jury is still out there, and the animal and clinical studies show clear connections between benzophenone use and the development of cancers as well as endocrine disruption which may cause reproductive issues such as early puberty and ovarian cysts and the feminization of males. All in all, benzophenone and its derivatives such as octocrylene may not be safe for prolonged use, and we’re here to help those that have been hurt or harmed by benzene in sunscreen.
Sunscreen Cancer Class Action Lawsuit Help – Call Us Now!
The Law Offices of McCready, Garcia & Leet would like to invite you to give us a call at (773) 906-4833 to learn more about the sunscreen benzene cancer connection, and if you’ve personally developed cancer or know someone who has, we can help by including you in litigation that is about to commence. The call is ABSOLUTELY FREE, and we work with other distinguished law firms to help bring you the justice and compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one developed leukemia after using Neutrogena sunscreen and related products, you may be able to collect compensation in the form of the cost of medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, legal fees and so much more. Please call (773) 906-4833 NOW to learn more about filing sunscreen cancer lawsuits. We look forward to helping you.