Sunscreen recall: cancer-causing chemical benzene found

The vast majority of tested sunscreens, however, were free of benzene, and experts stress the importance of sunscreen use to protect skin from the aging and cancerous effects of the sun. Photo: Pexels

(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN News) — The burning heat of summer has us all reaching for sunscreens. But before you slather that product on your skin, first check to see if it is part of a voluntary recall by sunscreen brands Neutrogena and Aveeno.

The companies recently pulled several sunscreens from market shelves after independent testing had found they were contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical called benzene. “Exposure to benzene increases the risk of developing leukemia and other blood disorders,” according to the National Cancer Institute. (…)

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