US recalls sunscreen because it can cause blood cancer

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Banana Boat is recalling three batches of its hair and scalp sunscreen after tests showed the product contained benzene – carcinogenic chemical, according to the New York Post.

US recalls sunscreen: it can cause blood cancer

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Exposure to benzene through skin contact or inhalation and ingestion has been linked to cancer, specifically leukemia (blood cancer).

The Shelton, Connecticut-based company announced a voluntary product recall, but clarified that it is not aware of “any cases of disease development associated with this recall” and that “daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products is not expected to cause adverse health effects.”

The recalled products have expiration dates of December 2022, February 2023, and April 2024 .

Sunscreen recalled in the US: it may cause blood cancer

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Banana Boat said it would also offer compensation to consumers who bought recalled products.

No other batches made before or after the stated expiration dates are affected, according to the FDA release, and no other Banana Boat sunscreen is subject to the recall.

FDA recommends Banana Boat's Hair and Sunscreen purchasers Scalp “stop using hazardous product immediately.”

Consumers with questions regarding a recall can contact Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 or visit www.bananaboat.com to obtain more information.

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