Wexler Wallace is investigating claims that several Johnson & Johnson sunscreen products were found to contain a known cancer-causing chemical. If you purchased and used the affected products, you may qualify to file a sunscreen cancer lawsuit.
On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Johnson & Johnson announced a recall on many of its popular sunscreen products after testing revealed they contained low levels of benzene, a known carcinogen that can cause cancer after repeated exposure.
The recall affects five of Johnson & Johnson’s sunscreen products:
- Aveeno Protect + Refresh
- Nutrogena Beach Defense
- Nutrogena CoolDry Sport
- Nutrogena Invisible Daily Defense
- Nutrogena UltraSheer
All of the recalled sunscreen products are of the aerosol variety and includes all can sizes and SPF levels of the aforementioned brands sold nationwide. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is advising that consumers who purchased the tainted sunscreen products immediately stop using them.
What is Benzene and Why is it Dangerous?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned that the chemical benzene is extremely toxic to humans, particularly after long-term exposure. Benzene is a highly-flammable chemical that evaporates quickly into the air, though only slightly dissolves in water. Benzene is commonly used to make other chemicals in the production of plastics, resins, nylon, and other synthetic fibers.
Immediate signs and symptoms of benzene exposure include dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, and tremors. At very high levels, benzene exposure can result in death.
Long-term exposure to benzene has been shown to disrupt cells in the human body, causing them to work incorrectly. Prolonged or high exposure to benzene can cause bone marrow to slow production of red blood cells and damage the immune system by changing antibody blood levels, leading to a loss of white blood cells. Health professionals also agree that benzene is highly carcinogenic and can cause leukemia, a cancer of the blood-forming organs.
File a Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuit Claim Today
If you recently purchased the affected products, you may have unknowingly been using sunscreen that could cause cancer. Benzene is a highly toxic chemical that does not belong as an ingredient in any Johnson & Johnson sunscreen, as admitted by the company in their official statements.
Consumers use sunscreen as a way to lessen cancer risks, and the presence of a cancer-causing chemical in these products is a grave oversight. By filing a sunscreen cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, you may be able to help hold the corporation accountable for its apparent negligence.
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