Studies have shown, many name brand sunscreens including Neutrogena, Sun Bum, CVS Health, and Banana Boat may contain low levels of benzene. Depending on the level of exposure, benzene has the potential to cause cancer in humans. It is recommended that consumers using certain recalled aerosol spray and lotion sunscreens discontinue their use immediately.
What Is Benzene and Is It Dangerous?
Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical that is also found in products like cigarettes, gasoline, and other industrial emissions. Historically it has also been used in the production of plastics, resins, and other synthetic fibers and rubbers. A limited level of exposure to benzene is not considered harmful, however, prolonged exposure has been directly linked to cancer.
When exposed in higher doses, benzene causes bodily cells to work incorrectly. This may result in a lower production of white blood cells, which impacts the functioning of the immune system. Symptoms of short-term exposure may vary, but often include:
- Dizziness/ Headaches
Long-term exposure to benzene can 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
The Impact of Benzene Sunscreens
Sunscreens containing traces of benzene come in direct contact with the skin of unsuspecting customers. According to scientific studies, that prolonged exposure can be linked with leukemia and other cancers. Because benzene is not an ingredient intentionally included in these products, sunscreen manufacturers are investigating the potential source of this contamination and any additional future impacts it may cause.
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Benzene Exposure and Cancer
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, exposure to benzene is linked to the following cancers:
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Leukemia is a cancer that compromises blood-forming tissues like bone marrow, which is responsible for 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
Has Johnson & Johnson Issued a Recall on Sunscreens Containing Benzene?
Due to the potential risk for cancer, Johnson & Johnson has recalled many Neutrogena and Aveeno brand sunscreen products. Researchers are recommending consumers immediately dispose of these products, and it is expected that many other brands will recall sunscreens containing certain levels of benzene as well.
Based on the latest research, some experts are now asking U.S. regulators to recall more sunscreen brands, including Coppertone, Banana Boat, and Neutrogena. These studies show that products containing the active ingredient octocrylene are suspected to also contain benzophenone. Benzophenone is a possible carcinogen that is also believed to interfere with estrogen levels in women.
Which Sunscreens Have Been Contaminated with Benzene?
According to recent studies, at least eight different sunscreens contained benzene levels 2ppm or higher. These products included:
- Neutrogena Beach Defense
- Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
- Neutrogena Invisible Daily
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
- Aveeno Protect + Refresh
- SunBum Cool Down Gel
- CVS Health After-sun Aloe Vera Soothing Spray
- Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel
According to Valisure, over 50 different sunscreens were tested and showed benzene levels of 1ppm or higher.
Have You Used a Sunscreen Product Containing Traces of Benzene?
If you have purchased or used sunscreen products contaminated with benzene, discontinue your use and discard these products immediately. If symptoms from exposure occur, speak to a medical professional immediately.
If you have been impacted by benzene exposure in various sunscreen products, a Morris Bart attorney from our Gulfport office may be able to seek compensation on your behalf. During a complimentary consultation, one of our attorneys can help answer any questions you may have and offer advice on your possible next steps. As a contingency fee firm, we do not collect payment unless a settlement is awarded in your case. Call(228) 357-9621 to speak with a Morris Bart attorney for free today.
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