Benzene—an industrial solvent and a known human carcinogen—has been detected in leading sunscreen brands sold nationwide.
Daily sunscreen use is recommended for people of all ages to help reduce the risk of skin cancer. At least ten percent of the U.S. population wears sunscreen every day, and around two-thirds wear sunscreen when they’re outside for extended periods of time. But tests conducted by a laboratory show that many popular sunscreens contain benzene, a chemical also found in gasoline, pesticides, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, and paint strippers. Instead of preventing cancer, these sunscreens may be causing it.
It is unclear how benzene ended up in sunscreens that don’t list the chemical as an active ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and product manufacturers are investigating the issue. Our nationally-recognized injury attorneys are investigating it as well and preparing to file lawsuits.
The bottom line is that there’s no acceptable reason for sunscreens to contain a cancer-causing chemical. Benzene is not safe at any level. This is a serious issue that demands accountability and swift action.