Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuit

Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuit

The sunscreen cancer lawsuits allege that patients who used certain aerosol sunscreen products later developed a variety of cancers, including leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The lawsuit claims that the manufacturer of these aerosol sunscreen products, Johnson & Johnson, failed to warn consumers that the products were tainted with benzene, a toxic chemical that is harmful even in low amounts.

At Mass Tort Alliance, we assist clients who used these aerosol sunscreen products and suffered serious health consequences as a result. Our seasoned attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you need to support yourself and your loved ones through your illness.

Our attorneys at Mass Tort Alliance have the necessary knowledge and resources to take on big corporations, like Johnson & Johnson, who put hazardous products on the market that harm consumers. Our passionate lawyers will work hard to help you seek justice and recover any financial losses you have experienced due to your use of these dangerous products. Contact us today to see if you qualify.

A Brief History of Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuits

On May 25, 2021, Valisure petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stating that it had discovered potentially harmful levels of the chemical benzene in over a dozen different sunscreen products, including both spray-on and rub-on products.

David Light, the founder and CEO of Valisure, stated, “Benzene is one of the most studied and concerning human carcinogens known to science. Its association with forming blood cancers in humans has been shown in numerous studies at trace levels of parts per million and below. The presence of this known human carcinogen in products widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and that are regularly used by adults and children is very troubling.”

Almost two months later, on July 15, 2021, Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary recall of a number of its spray-on sunscreen products, including Neutrogena and Aveeno products, claiming that they had discovered low levels of benzene in samples of the sunscreen. They recommended that any consumers who had purchased these products immediately discontinue use of the products and throw them out.

At the same time, the FDA began investigating the recalled sunscreen products to identify the chemical substance that was causing consumers to develop various types of cancer. Major pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, all pulled Johnson & Johnson’s sunscreen products after Johnson & Johnson reported samples of the products contained the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

Which Sunscreen Products Were Recalled?

Johnson & Johnson recalled the following aerosol sunscreen products in July 2021 after low levels of the harmful chemical benzene were found in the products:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh

What Is Benzene?

Benzene is one of the most commonly used chemicals in the country. It is a flammable liquid chemical that has been utilized to manufacture plastics, paints, rubber products, and even pesticides. It can be found in petroleum and gas products, as well as crude oil. It can even be found in volcanoes and forest fires.

Dangerous Side Effects of Benzene Exposure

Benzene has been classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Benzene has been linked to numerous serious health issues and illnesses. Currently, benzene is categorized as a Class 1 solvent that is harmful even in low levels. Its use is restricted to two parts per million, but Valisure reported much higher amounts of benzene in the products it tested.

Benzene has been linked to various cancers, particularly blood-related cancers, and other ailments, including:

  • Leukemia
    • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
    • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
    • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma

Benzene can also lead to both aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which is known as preleukemia.

Symptoms of Leukemia

Patients who have developed leukemia may experience the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Chronic fatigue or weakness
  • Frequent or severe infections
  • Easy bruising
  • Easy bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Enlarged liver
  • Night sweats
  • Bone pain
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Tiny red spots on skin
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma may encounter these symptoms:

  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fever and chills
  • Unexplained eight loss
  • Frequent or severe infections
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Shortness of breath or cough
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Feeling full after only a small amount of food
  • Easy bleeding
  • Easy bruising

Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

Patients with multiple myeloma may experience:

  • Rib bone pain
  • Backbone pain
  • Easily fractured bones
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Frequent severe infections
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme thirst

Compensation for Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuits

If you have developed leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, or another blood-related cancer after exposure to a sunscreen product containing benzene, then you may be entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation that you will be able to receive will depend on your specific circumstances, including the seriousness of your condition and the damage — physical, emotional, and financial — caused by your use of hazardous sunscreen products.

At the Mass Tort Alliance, our lawyers will thoroughly review your case and determine the types of damages that you might be able to receive compensation for. Some of the types of damages you might be able to recover include:

Economic Damages:

  • Medical expenses related to your health condition
  • Lost earnings, if you were unable to work due to your health condition
  • Other financial losses caused by your health condition

Non-economic Damages:

  • Pain and suffering, including mental anguish and emotional trauma
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Punitive Damages: Although punitive damages are less frequently awarded than other types of damages, a court may deem punitive damages to be appropriate in cases of extremely careless behavior and gross negligence. Punitive damages are designed to “punish” the defendant for their negligence. In this case, Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers that some of their sunscreen products were dangerous for consumers to use. A judge could find that punitive damages are necessary as a result.

Who Is Eligible To File A Lawsuit?

You may be able to file a lawsuit if:

  • You have been diagnosed with a blood cancer – In order to file a lawsuit, you’ll need to be able to present medical documents that show you have a form of blood cancer, such as leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or another health condition that has been associated with the use of sunscreen products containing benzene.
  • You can demonstrate usage – You will need to be able to prove that you used one of the benzene-contaminated products. If you still have the bottle the product came in or a receipt that shows you purchased one of the recalled products, that can serve as proof of usage.
  • You had significant exposure to benzene – You will likely need to be able to establish benzene poisoning by demonstrating that you were regularly exposed to benzene over a period of years. While any exposure to benzene is potentially hazardous to human health, it is likely that using the product once or on just a few occasions will not be enough to prove significant exposure to benzene. You may have medical documents that can demonstrate long-term use of the product or receipts that show regular purchases of the product.

You don’t smoke – Smoking is regularly associated with the development of cancer, so it will be easier for you to demonstrate that benzene caused your cancer if you don’t smoke. If you are a smoker, then it could be argued that your use of benzene was not the root cause of your cancer.

Contact Us Today

If you developed symptoms of leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, other blood-related cancers, or another illness that you believe is linked to your use of sunscreen products containing benzene, then contact Mass Tort Alliance today for a case review. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product, Johnson & Johnson, which could help you recoup any financial losses you’ve incurred as a result of benzene exposure. At the Mass Tort Alliance, our attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and passion to take on big pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson who make dangerous products that harm consumers. Fill out our contact form to review your case, determine what your legal options are, and get matched with a seasoned attorney who can help you seek justice and obtain the compensation you need to recover.