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Benzene Sunscreen Lawsuit

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 Dangerous Cancer-Causing Chemical

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.

Benzene Has Been Found in Certain Sunscreens

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:

  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Body Sunscreen Spray
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum
  • Neutrogena CoolDray sport Water-Resistant Sunscreen Spray
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum
  • Sun Bum Cool Down Gel
  • Sun Bum Oxy Free Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
  • Sun Bum After Sun Cool Down Aloe Vera Spray
  • CVS Health After-sun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel
  • CVS After-sun Aloe Vera Soothing Spray
  • CVS Ultra Sheer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion
  • CVS Beach Guard Sun Sunscreen Lotion
  • CVS Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen
  • CVS Sheer Mist Spray Broad Spectrum Uva/Uvb Cont. Spray Sunscreen
  • Live Better by CVS Body Mineral Spray Sunscreen
  • Raw Elements Eco Formula Sunscreen Lotion
  • Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel
  • SunBurnt Advanced After-Sun Gel
  • Goodsense Suncreen Lotion
  • Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen C-Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Deep Tanning Dry Oil Continuous Clear Spray SPF 4
  • Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear Sunscreen Spray
  • Banana Boat Protective Dry Oil Clear Sunscreen Spray with Coconut Oil
  • Banana Boat Ultra Defense Ultra Mist Clear Sunscreen Spray
  • Banana Boat Simply Protect Kids Sunscreen Spray
  • TopCare Everyday Ultimate Sheer Sunscreen Lotion
  • TopCare Sport Sunscreen Lotion
  • TopCare Ultimate Sheer Sun Lotion Sunscreen
  • EltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum Full-Body Sunscreen Spray
  • Ethical Zinc Natural Clear Zinc Sunscreen
  • Babyganics Kid’s Sunscreen Continuous Spray
  • Walgreens Sport Lotion Sunscreen
  • Walgreens Broad Spectrum Sport
  • Walgreens Sunscreen Sport
  • Walgreens After Sun Gel
  • Coppertone Whipped Sunscreen Lotion Spray
  • Max Block Sport Sunscreen Lotion Water Resistance Blue
  • Max Block Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum Water Resistant
  • TopCare Everyday Ultimate Sheer Sun Lotion Sunscreen
  • Solimo Sheer Face Sunscreen Lotion
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen Lotion Spray
  • Equate Kids Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion
  • Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum
  • Up & Up Clear Aloe Vera Gel

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.

Johnson & Johnson Has Recalled Certain Sunscreens Due to Benzene Contamination

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.

Contact Us to Find Out If You Have a Benzene Sunblock Claim

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.

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