Tests conducted by a laboratory have revealed traces of a carcinogenic chemical in many popular sunscreens. The online lab, known as Valisure LLC (Valisure), has requested that the Food and Drug Administration recall the contaminated sunscreens. Benzene, the chemical detected in these contaminated products, is also found in cigarette smoke, gasoline, cleaning agents, and paint strippers. Benzene is a known carcinogen and can cause cancer.
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What is Sunscreen?
Sunscreen helps shield the skin from harm caused by exposure to UVA and UVB rays. Exposure to the sun is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Sunscreens have been reported to contain benzene. Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid that is used to make other chemicals.
What is Happening with Sunscreen?
Studies conducted by Valisure detected high levels of benzene in several popular brands of sunscreens and after-sun products sold in the United States. Valisure reported that 27% of the samples it tested contained detectable levels of benzene and several of the samples contained nearly three times the concentration limit set by the FDA of 2 parts per million. Fourteen product batches with the highest contamination levels were sold across four different brands including Neutrogena, Sun Bum, CVS Health and Fruit of the Earth.
- Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Weightless, SPF 100+
- Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Weightless, SPF 70
- Sun Bum Cool Down Gel
- Neutrogena Beach Defense Oil-Free Body Spray, SPF 100
- CVS Health After-Sun Aloe Vera Soothing Spray
- Neutrogena Beach Defense Body Spray, SPF 50
- Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, SPF 60+
- Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel
Benzene is listed as a carcinogenic by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the World Health Organization. According to the American Cancer Society, benzene exposure has been linked to leukemia and other cancers of the blood. Exposure to benzene through skin absorption has been found to be particularly concerning given the association with blood cancers.
The FDA regulates both sunscreens as drug products and after-sun products as cosmetics. Currently it designates benzene as a “class 1” solvent that should not be used in drug production as a result of its high toxicity levels. Valisure has requested that the FDA take action and recall the contaminated sunscreens. Valisure has also recommended that the FDA set more stringent limits for benzene in drugs and cosmetics.
Sunscreen Side Effects and Complications
Complications of benzene in sunscreen may include:
- Neurological symptoms;
- Excessive bleeding;
- Damage to the immune system;
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Multiple myeloma;
- Aplastic anemia;
- Leukemia; and
- Other blood cancers.
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Contact our Sunscreen Cancer Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. The Lidji Firm is currently accepting Sunscreen Cancer cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Sunscreen Cancer Lawyers at our law firm, Submit your case or call us now at (800) 223-7455.