Certain Sunscreen Lotions May Contain Cancer-Causing Benzene
- Do you or a loved one regularly use sunscreen?
- Were you or your loved one diagnosed with leukemia?
- Benzene is a known carcinogen, meaning it can cause cancer.1
- You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
SYMPTOMS OF LEUKEMIAFatigue · Weakness · Regular infections · Weight loss or loss of appetite
Anemia (low iron content in the blood) · Dizziness · Lightheadedness · Shortness of breath ·
Chest pain · Irregular heartbeat · Cold hands / feet · Pale / yellowish skin
Flu-like symptoms like fever or chills · Frequent sweating (especially night sweats)
Swollen or tender lymph nodes, spleen or liver (abdominal pain)
Easy bruising or bleeding · Petechiae (Small red spots beneath the skin)
Bleeding or swollen gums · Bone or joint pain.
Using Certain Sunscreens May Trade One Risk for Another
Here in Texas, summertime means high temperatures, blue skies, and endless opportunities for fun.
Before heading outdoors to enjoy the weather, it is always a good idea to use sunscreen.
Sunblock and suntan lotion can shield us from ultraviolet rays, preventing skin cancer and other debilitating, chronic illnesses.
However, a set of recently published studies has shown something alarming:
|Certain sunscreens, including those manufactured by popular brands like Coppertone, Neutrogena and Banana Boat, may contain the cancer-causing chemical known as benzene.|
What is Benzene?
Benzene is an organic chemical compound classified as a hydrocarbon. At room temperature and in its purest form, benzene appears as a colorless or light-yellow liquid.
While benzene is known to be dangerous, it is found in a great many places: it can be inhaled through second-hand cigarette smoke, detected at waste sites, and observed in the air around gas stations.2
In fact, benzene is one of the 20 most-produced chemicals in the United States.
Benzene is widely used in the oil and gas industries, since it can stabilize petroleum and decrease “knocking,” or the uneven consumption of fuel within motor engines.
Is Benzene harmful?
Yes. Benzene can be extremely harmful to people, even in tiny amounts.
Prolonged exposure to benzene can be very dangerous and even cause cancer.
Although brief exposures to benzene are not likely to cause any significant health problems, prolonged contact with the chemical may be exceptionally dangerous.
People who work with benzene, or use products containing large amounts of benzene on a semi-regular basis, are at elevated risk for acute leukemia and other cancers.
Benzene does not discriminate based on age or profession: even children are at risk from simple but prolonged exposures.
- For example, airborne benzene exposures have been linked to higher incidences of childhood leukemia.3
|Regardless of its prevalence, researchers have said that “there is probably no safe level of exposure to benzene”.4|
Where does benzene exposure occur?
Benzene is a critical component in petroleum. But because of its danger, benzene is not frequently used in consumer products.
Valisure observes that the chemical benzene is sometimes approved for use in drug products.5
But benzene is only permitted in drug products where concentrations are extremely low, and when its presence is countered by a product’s positive effect.6
How can benzene cause cancer?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), benzene hampers body cells’ ability to work correctly.7 Specifically, benzene disrupts the body’s cells from functioning properly.
For example, bone marrow normally produces red blood cells. Benzene exposure can cause bone marrow to produce fewer red blood cells, and may damage the immune system by altering white cell counts.8
The specific effects of benzene on a person’s health can depend on:
- The amount of benzene exposure
- The length of time a person was exposed to benzene
- The way in which a person was exposed to benzene (breathed, consumed, absorbed through the skin)
- The bodily health of the exposed person before exposure
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (NIOSH) people can be exposed to benzene through “inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion,” and skin or eye contact.9
- NIOSH recommends that consumers and manufacturers limit contact with benzene to the greatest extent possible.
Symptoms of Leukemia
A number of warning signs may indicate the early development of Leukemia, including:
Anemia (low iron content in the blood) · Dizziness · Lightheadedness · Shortness of breath · Chest pain · Irregular heartbeat · Cold hands / feet · Pale / yellowish skin · Flu-like symptoms like fever or chills · Swollen or tender lymph nodes, spleen or liver (abdominal pain) · Easy bruising or bleeding · Petechiae (Small red spots beneath the skin) · Bleeding or swollen gums · Bone or joint pain Fatigue · Weakness · Regular infections · Weight loss or loss of appetite · Frequent sweating, especially night sweats.
|NOTE: These symptoms can also come from other, less serious conditions. Seeing your health care provider is the only way to find out what may be causing these symptoms.|
There are several different medical procedures used to determine if a patient has leukemia. Many healthcare providers will use more than one procedure to be certain:
- Medical History
- Physical Examination
- Blood Tests
- CT scan (computerized tomography scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Bone scan
- Bone marrow biopsy
How is Leukemia Treated?
Patients with leukemia receive different treatment plans depending on their:
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