Popular Sunscreen Brands Contaminated with Cancer-Causing Benzene
Were you diagnosed with cancer or a severe blood or bone marrow disorder after using spray sunscreen? You may be entitled to compensation in a benzene sunscreen lawsuit.
Cory Watson’s experienced attorneys are investigating potential lawsuits for people who have suffered from cancer after benzene exposure in their sunscreens. Benzene in sunscreen is a serious health threat and may cause cancer, including various types of leukemia and other cancers.
Contact our legal team immediately if you or a loved one were diagnosed with a benzene-related disease after using the sunscreen products listed below.
- 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
- 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
Risks Associated with Benzene
The toxicity of benzene exposure has been known for more than 120 years. A 2010 review of benzene studies reported, “There is probably no safe level of exposure to benzene, and all exposures constitute some risk in a linear, if not supralinear, and additive fashion.”
Benzene exposure, whether through inhalation or skin absorption, has been linked to life-threatening diseases for both adults and children, including:
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Aplastic Anemia
Benzene Discovered in Sunscreen
In May 2021, an independent online laboratory (Valisure LLC) tested hundreds of sunscreen lotions and sprays and detected high levels of benzene in several different brands of sunscreen and after-sun care products. Benzene was found in 27 percent of samples tested by researchers, including many well-known sunscreen brands, including Neutrogena, CVS Health, Banana Boat, and Walgreens. Certain batches of sunscreen studied contained up to three times more benzene than the FDA’s concentration limit of 2 parts per million (ppm).
Benzene is a toxic chemical and a known carcinogen — meaning that benzene can cause cancer in humans.
Some of these diseases don’t present with symptoms for several years after exposure and most diagnosed people don’t realize that there may be a connection to past benzene exposure or sunscreen use.
What is Being Done about the Sunscreen-Benzene Risks, and what do the Johnson & Johnson and CVS recalls mean?
On May 24, 2021, Valisure issued a petition to the FDA calling on the agency to recall batches of sunscreen and after-sun care products it identified as having levels of benzene that put human health at risk. “The presence of this known human carcinogen in sunscreen products widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and regularly used by adults and children in large volumes make this finding especially troubling,” Valisure said in the petition.
On July 14, 2021, J&J said it was recalling most of its Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens from U.S. stores after detecting benzene, a potentially cancer-causing chemical, in some samples. J&J said people should stop using and discard five of its six Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens. The company also told distributors and retailers to stop selling the products.
The recall doesn’t include all of J&J’s sunscreens. It only applies to five spray sunscreens sold under the Neutrogena and Aveeno labels: Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer and Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreens. The company sells one other spray sunscreen product, Neutrogena Wet Skin, which isn’t affected, J&J said.
The following day, on July 15, 2021, CVS Health Corp followed suit saying it had halted sales of two sun-care products. The products being pulled by CVS—CVS Health After Sun Aloe Vera and CVS Health After Sun Aloe Vera Spray—also are on Valisure’s list[JCC7] , along with several other brands.
You could receive significant compensation if you’ve have been diagnosed with cancer or a severe blood or bone marrow disorder such as leukemia and you were exposed to benzene in spray sunscreen. Contact Cory Watson Attorneys today if you or a loved one have suffered from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma or Aplastic Anemia.
Tap or click here for a full list of the sunscreens identified as containing benzene from Valisure’s testing.
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