Whether you are heading out to the beach, working in the yard, or simply planning to spend some time outdoors, you will most likely consider the use of sunscreen. That’s because sunscreen is one of the most popular ways to protect the skin and block out UV radiation that is commonly associated with skin damage. It is crucial to select a product that is proven effective and safe. Although we often rely on these products to prevent damage and injuries, studies have found that our sunscreen may be causing more harm than good.
Recent studies have found that some popular sunscreen brands include the ingredient benzene. This toxic chemical is classified as a carcinogen to humans, which increases the potential risks of developing skin cancer as a result of exposure. Further studies find that dozens of commonly used sunscreens have tested positive for this harmful chemical, which may increase a user’s risk of developing cancer.
If you have used sunscreen, and you were recently diagnosed with cancer, you may have legal options available to help you get justice. It is imperative that you take quick action to protect your legal rights. Our attorneys at Rebein Brothers are currently evaluating legal claims for victims who were recently diagnosed with cancer after using sunscreen products that have benzene as an ingredient.
Does Sunscreen Cause Cancer?
Many people view sunscreen as a safe product used to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. However, sunscreens that contain the chemical benzene can cause cancer rather than prevent it. Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classify benzene as being carcinogenic to humans. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly advises against the use of products with benzene.
Although no specific studies have been performed that directly link sunscreen with benzene to the development of cancer, the constant exposure to benzene can cause harm to humans and potentially increase their overall risk of developing cancer.
These new findings do suggest that people who use sunscreen that has this chemical may unknowingly increase their risk of developing various types of cancer, including skin cancer, myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma.
Valisure performed various tests surrounding over 300 unique batches of sunscreen from dozens of the most popular brands on the market in the United States. Alarmingly, the studies found that more than 78 products contained benzene. At least 26 products contained levels of benzene between 0.1 parts per million and 2 parts per million.
More than 14 products contained over 2 parts per million. However, exposures to levels as low as 0.1 ppm can have life-altering consequences for users.
Some of the most common sunscreens found by Valisure to contain benzene include:
- Max Block
- Sun Bum
- CVS Health
- Banana Boat
- Raw Elements
- Up & Up
- Fruit of the Earth
These companies have all been found to offer products for use that could potentially cause harm to consumers. Additionally, Neutrogena has been found to offer several sunscreens that have varying levels of benzene. The owner of Neutrogena, Johnson & Johnson, has issued a voluntary recall of the products they offer on the Neutrogena line as an abundance of caution. Some of the products subject to the recall include:
- Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Water-Resistant Sunscreen Spray SPF 50
- Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Water-Resistant Sunscreen Spray SPF SPF 70
- Neutrogena Beach Defense Oil-Free Body Sunscreen Spray SPF 100
- Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray Body Sunscreen SPF 50
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray SPF 100+
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 70
- Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray SPF 70
If you have used any of these brands of sunscreen, and you were recently diagnosed with cancer, you must take quick legal actions to ensure your rights and best interests are protected. Contact our team at Rebein Brothers to meet with our team to discuss your case.
Recoverable Damages from a Sunscreen Lawsuit
Victims who are negatively impacted by the use of sunscreen may have legal options available to them. When victims are harmed, they file legal actions against negligent parties to recover compensation to help alleviate various economic and non-economic damages they face moving forward. Some of the most common recoverable damages from sunscreen lawsuits include:
- Lost wages due to taking time off work to recover from illnesses or injuries
- Lost earnings for victims forced out of work permanently due to the consequences they face from the use of the product
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Medical expenses victims face due to treating resulting illnesses or injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If you have been negatively affected by the use of sunscreen, and you believe negligence played a role, contact our team at Rebein Brothers today to get started on your case.
We Will Fight to Get You the Justice You Deserve
Being injured as a result of using sunscreen can be life-changing. We should not be harmed by products that we have grown to depend on. If you have been harmed as a result of using sunscreen, it is crucial that you seek legal guidance as soon as possible.
Our mass tort attorneys at Rebein Brothers are committed to helping each client we work with get the justice they deserve. Our team has extensive experience with handling some of the most complex claims surrounding mass torts across the nation. We strive to help our clients hold wrongdoers accountable and get the justice they deserve. Do not wait to protect your legal rights.
Contact our personal injury lawyers by calling (813) 305-7285 at your earliest convenience. Our team is available to meet with you to discuss your case and the legal options available to help you recover.