Trustwell Law is accepting cases from people who used aerosol sunscreens containing benzene and who have now been diagnosed with cancer.
Benzene has been linked to the following cancer and blood-disease diagnoses included in this sunscreen lawsuit:
The brand-name aerosol sunscreens included in this lawsuit are:
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with one or more of these cancers or blood disorders after using one of the listed aerosol sunscreens and are considering a sunscreen lawsuit, call us at 202-914-1454 or submit your case details online. A member of our legal team will contact you shortly. You pay nothing unless your lawsuit is successful and you receive compensation.
Our attorneys have years of experience and a reputation for personalized, compassionate partnering with our clients. We have access to the expertise, resources, and manpower to fully investigate your circumstances, file a lawsuit if appropriate, and help you seek the justice you deserve.
Dozens of aerosol sunscreen products have tested positive for benzene, a dangerous cancer-causing chemical found in crude oil, gasoline, paint thinners, and tobacco smoke, worrying consumers and leading to product recalls. Valisure, an online pharmacy that tests batches of medications, found benzene in 78 different sunscreen and after-sun care products. Benzene is not an approved ingredient in any sunscreen. Some have theorized that the products may have been contaminated during the manufacturing process. However, there is also research to suggest that octocrylene, an ingredient commonly used in sunscreens, may degrade in sunscreens and that it is the source of the benzene.
Valisure tested 294 batches of sun-care products from 69 companies. Their testing found detectable benzene in 27 percent of the samples tested.
“There is not a safe level of benzene that can exist in sunscreen products,” said Christopher Bunick, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology at Yale University and member of Dermatology Times®’ editorial advisory board. “Even benzene at 0.1 ppm in a sunscreen could expose people to excessively high nanogram amounts of benzene.”1
Benzene is a chemical that is a component of products derived from coal and petroleum. It is found in gasoline and other fuels. Benzene is frequently used as a solvent for rubber and waxes and is also used in making detergents, pesticides, plastics, and other chemicals.
Benzene has a sweet odor and is a colorless or light-yellow liquid at room temperature. Widely used in industries throughout the world, benzene is highly flammable.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other regulatory agencies, benzene is known to cause cancer in humans. Benzene is associated with blood cancers. People have developed leukemia after less than five years of exposure to benzene. Long-term exposure to benzene may damage bone marrow, decrease red blood cell production, and suppress the immune system.
Benzene interferes with the way cells work. It can damage the immune system by changing germ-fighting antibodies and white blood cells. By causing the body to make fewer red blood cells, benzene exposure can lead to anemia.
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the tissue inside bones where blood cells are made. ALL is the most common type of cancer in children.
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the tissue inside bones where blood cells are made. Acute myeloid leukemia has many other names, including acute granulocytic leukemia, acute myelocytic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, and acute non-lymphocytic leukemia.
Aplastic anemia is a rare but treatable disorder that occurs when the bone marrow stops making new blood cells—sometimes just one type but often people with aplastic anemia become low on all three types of blood cells (red and white cells and platelets).
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia in adults. It starts in the cells that become lymphocytes in the bone marrow.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, part of the body’s immune system that make antibodies to fight infection.
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of cancers resulting from issues in bone marrow, which is where the body makes blood cells. MDS refers to disorders caused by immature blood cells in the bone marrow never maturing into healthy blood cells and therefore not working properly.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system.
Do you want to consult with an attorney because you or a loved one used one of the recalled aerosol sunscreens and have now been diagnosed with blood cancer or a blood disorder? Contact us for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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