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Sunscreen With Cancer-Causing Benzene Claim Eligibility for Injured Consumers

Elevated levels of benzene, a chemical that causes cancer in humans, have been detected in Johnson & Johnson's Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens. Accordingly, Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily recalled five sunscreen product lines.

Suppose you or a loved one has regularly applied sunscreen and has been diagnosed with certain forms of cancer, leukemia in particular. In that case, it's essential to know that you can file a claim with Johnson & Johnson to recover financial compensation for your cancer-related losses.

You may not realize that there may be a connection between your disease and past sunscreen use. Nowadays, people don't think twice before using sunscreen as it's common knowledge that it's essential for protecting the skin. Also, some of the benzene cancers present symptoms several years after exposure.

Therefore, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a form of benzene cancer - such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) - it's vital to investigate if you are entitled to financial compensation.

Which Sunscreens Have Been Recalled After Being Found to Contain Benzene?

Johnson & Johnson recalled the following five aerosol sunscreens in July 2021:

  • NEUTROGENA Beach Defense
  • NEUTROGENA Cool Dry Sport
  • NEUTROGENA Invisible Daily defense
  • NEUTROGENA Ultra Sheer
  • AVEENO Protect + Refresh

Valisure, the pharmacy that detected the probable carcinogen NDMA in Zantac, discovered the benzene contamination of sunscreens in May 2021. They tested nearly 300 sunscreen products and found that approximately 27% tested positive for benzene.

Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled the lots of five sunscreen product lines after internal testing confirmed the presence of benzene in products.

You can find the complete list of sunscreen products in a citizen petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pushing for their recall. Sunscreens are regulated by the FDA because they are considered drug products. The petition also requests FDA to take further steps to protect the public.

The Eligibility Criteria for Filing a Benzene-Contaminated Sunscreen Claim

Patients diagnosed with cancer are often forced to deal with multiple rounds of extensive treatment, resulting in financial devastation as well as physical and psychological pain.

As litigation in Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen lawsuits has begun, we strongly encourage you to contact the team of Atraxia Law to have your situation carefully assessed if you or a loved one:

  • regularly used one of the Johnson & Johnson recalled benzene-contaminated sunscreens
  • later developed cancer

You may be entitled to legally recover damages from the manufacturer, such as:

  • medical bills
  • lost wages
  • pain and suffering
  • and others

You can file a wrongful death claim in cases of fatal leukemia or non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Why Is Benzene Banned?

Benzene - an industrial chemical - has been banned as an ingredient in products intended for use in the home as it is highly toxic to humans. Benzene has known cancer-causing effects, and acute exposure to significant levels of this chemical can even be deadly, according to the:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • U.S. Environment Protection Agency
  • World Health Organization
  • Other regulatory agencies

However, various industries use benzene, including:

  • petrochemical production
  • oil and gas refining
  • coke and coal chemical manufacturing
  • rubber tire manufacturing

Therefore, air can get contaminated with trace amounts of benzene, and exposure can occur through:

  • inhalation
  • ingestion
  • skin absorption
  • skin or eye contact

What Diseases Can Exposure to Sunscreen with Benzene Cause?

Benzene exposure can cause life-threatening diseases, including:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Aplastic anemia

The toxic effects of exposure to benzene can affect the body's bone marrow, the tissue that produces blood cells, causing it to generate blood cells characteristic of leukemia. As with leukemia, NHL develops as a result of adverse changes to the bone marrow. However, NHL occurs when lymphocytes become cancerous.

Benzene exposure has also been associated with childhood leukemia, particularly AML, ALL, and CLL. Also, exposure during pregnancy has been linked to the following conditions:

  • low birth weight
  • greater incidence of congenital disabilities (e.g., spina bifida)

File Your Benzene-Contaminated Sunscreen Claim with Our Expert Assistance

Atraxia Law is investigating cancer cases linked to Johnson & Johnson sunscreens with unsafe levels of benzene. We can help you make the process considerably easier by determining if you qualify for compensation for your diagnosis from the liable company.

With over 35 years of experience assessing product liability and personal injury claims, our team of professionals can help you to determine if you can file a claim with a company.

If you are eligible to file a claim, we will promptly guide you to a skilled attorney so that you can continue with the legal process.

Not only will filing a claim result in significant financial compensation for you, but it will also hold the company responsible for putting benzene-contaminated sunscreen products on the market.

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