Due to several recalls, Birmingham consumers using Neutrogena aerosol spray and lotion sunscreens are discontinuing their use immediately. According to recent studies, many Neutrogena sunscreen products may contain traces of benzene. Benzene has the potential to cause cancer depending on the level of exposure.
There is also new information suggesting that sunscreens like Neutrogena which include octocrylene may also contain benzophenone. Benzophenone is another possible carcinogen and is also suspected of disrupting estrogen levels in women.
What is Benzene?
Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical that is found in products like cigarettes, gasoline and other industrial emissions. It is also used in the production of plastics, resins and other synthetic fibers and rubbers. While a limited level of exposure to this chemical is not considered dangerous, prolonged exposure has been linked to certain cancers such as leukemia.
Neutrogena Sunscreens and Cancer
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Long term benzene exposure causes cells to work improperly and can even decrease the production of white blood cells. This impacts the functioning of the immune system. As a result, prolonged exposure to some Neutrogena sunscreens may result in the following symptoms:
- Anemia due to damaged bone marrow and a decrease in red blood cells
- Compromised immune system
- Leukemia and other cancers
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Leukemia is a cancer that compromises blood-forming tissues like bone marrow. This impacts the production of red and white blood cells. When white blood cell production decreases, the body’s immune system is compromised. This often results in symptoms such as:
- Continuous fatigue and muscle weakness
- Frequent and life-threatening infections
- Easy bleeding and/or bruising
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, exposure to Neutrogena sunscreen products has been linked to the following cancers:
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Benzene in Neutrogena Sunscreens
Sunscreens come in direct contact with skin over prolonged periods of time. For this reason, a link has been detected between Neutrogena Sunscreen products and leukemia. Because benzene is not an ingredient intentionally included in Neutrogena products, Johnson & Johnson is investigating the potential source of this contamination and any additional future impacts it may cause.
Recalls on Neutrogena Sunscreens
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Johnson & Johnson has recalled several Neutrogena sunscreen products due to the potential risk for cancer. It is expected that many other brands will follow suit. Researchers recommend consumers immediately dispose of the following Neutrogena products containing dangerous benzene levels of 2ppm or higher:
- Neutrogena Beach Defense
- Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
- Neutrogena Invisible Daily
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
According to Valisure, over 50 different sunscreens were tested and showed benzene levels of 1ppm or higher.
Have You Used a Neutrogena Sunscreen Product Containing Benzene?
If you have purchased or used Neutrogena sunscreen products contaminated with benzene, it is recommended you immediately discontinue your use and discard these products. Speak to a medical professional immediately if symptoms from exposure occur. You may also want to reach out to a benzene exposure lawyer in Birmingham to learn more about your options.
A Birmingham Morris Bart attorney may be able to help you seek compensation if you have been impacted by Neutrogena benzene exposure. During a complimentary consultation, an attorney can help answer any questions you may have and recommend next steps based on your individual situation. As a contingency fee firm, we do not collect payment unless a settlement is reached in your case. To speak with a Morris Bart attorney for free today, call (205) 380-4158.
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