We have all heard about how important it is to wear sunscreen to protect against the risks of skin cancer. In the United States, the sunscreen market is big business, with an estimated 11,000 sunscreen products on the market that generate nearly $2 billion in sales each year.
Sunscreens are available in dozens of different formulations. There are sunscreens available in every SPF from 5 to 100+. Some sunscreens offer ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB) or broad-spectrum protection. Some sunscreens create a protective barrier that reflects and scatters the UV rays (sunblock) while others are chemical sunscreens that are absorbed into your skin to filter out damaging UV rays. These products also come in a variety of lotions, oils, and sprays.
While we rely on these products to protect us and our families from the sun’s damaging rays, some of these products may actually be causing far greater harm. If you or a loved one was harmed after using a particular product, you should consider reaching out to one of our skilled attorneys to learn more about the benzene sunscreen lawsuit.
Benzene is a component of products derived from coal and petroleum. The chemical is commonly used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, pesticides and other industrial products.
According to the U. S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and various other regulatory agencies, benzene is a chemical that is known to cause cancer in humans. The FDA recognizes the serious danger of benzene and lists it as a “Class 1 solvent” that “should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substances, excipients, and drug products because of their unacceptable toxicity.
Benzene exposure can occur through inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, and skin and/or eye contact. Exposure has been associated with increased rates of leukemia, particularly acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Other studies have also suggested links between benzene and childhood leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and other blood related cancers such as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Specifically, some studies have suggested links to acute myeloid. If you are suffering from any of these medical conditions after using a skin product containing benzene, our legal team could help you file a lawsuit.
Recently, Valisure, a pharmacy group comprised of Yale and Harvard-trained scientists, conducted independent lab tests on the composition of 69 brands of sunscreens. It found benzene in various SPF formulations of the following sunscreens:
There is no safe or acceptable level of exposure to benzene. Researchers have found that the greater exposure intensity to benzene the higher their leukemia risk is. Considering that sunscreen is usually applied and often reapplied over a large amount of skin surface, even small amounts of benzene in the sunscreen result in cumulative exposure and pose serious risk to users. As such, anyone who has developed cancer due to benzene in their sunscreen may have a valid legal claim.
Following Valisure’s test results, Johnson & Johnson, the company that owns Neutrogena acknowledged that benzene is a carcinogen that can potentially cause cancer. J&J further acknowledged that their own testing identified benzene in some of its products, but maintains that they would not expect their products would cause adverse health consequences. Nonetheless, J&J issued a voluntary recall of some Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen products. Our attorneys can explain more about the sunscreen recalls and help you file a lawsuit.
Sunscreen is supposed to prevent cancer, not cause it. Benzene has no place in sunscreens or any other consumer product. There are a lot of unanswered questions as to how benzene got into these products and what manufacturers knew or should have known.
If you used sunscreen and later developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), or other blood-related cancers such as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, our product liability team is ready to review your claim and let you know how we can help. Contact our firm for a free and no-obligation case review about your potential benzene sunscreen lawsuit.
Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC