‘Benzene’ Category

Benzene from Traffic Pollution Increases Risk for Childhood Leukemia

Benzene from Traffic Pollution Increases Risk for Childhood Leukemia

Air pollution from traffic is a fact of life in much of the United States and the world. In fact, the American Lung Association says a whopping 40 percent of Americans breathe in unhealthy air — 135 million people. Although carbon dioxide is the chemical most often associated with traffic-related air pollution, benzene is also a chemical seen in this smog. And recent research shows that...

Veterans Day 2022 — Honoring Their Service

Veterans Day 2022 — Honoring Their Service

On this day in 1918, World War I ended, after the loss of over 100,000 United States veterans and over 300,000 wounded. Today, we honor all veterans across the years of United States history including those who suffered long after their service ended.

Exposure to toxic chemicals, such benzene or contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, and asbestos during years of service can haunt veterans...

Why Is Cancer-Causing Benzene in Your Beauty Products?

Why Is Cancer-Causing Benzene in Your Beauty Products?

Recalls of popular and well-known personal care products containing the cancer-causing chemical ingredient benzene are becoming increasingly more common in the United States: sunscreens, shampoos, deodorants, and more.

In the last eight months, recalls have included spray products such as:

Aerosol antiperspirants Brut and Sure in February. Pantene and Herbal Essence dry shampoo and...

Toxins in Household Products Have FDA Chasing a Vapor Trail

Toxins in Household Products Have FDA Chasing a Vapor Trail

Benzene is a chemical that evaporates easily into air. It occurs naturally in oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke, but it is also used in the manufacture of plastics, dyes, detergents, synthetic fibers, tires, lubricants, and other items. It may also be added to gasoline, increasing the amount of the chemical released through exhaust. Benzene acts as a solvent, a fuel, and a compound that is...

Hair Products Recalled Due to Toxic Benzene Exposure

Hair Products Recalled Due to Toxic Benzene Exposure

In December 2021, Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalled 32 of their aerosol haircare products. The product recall includes aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, and Waterless (branded as Waterl<ss), along with aerosol dry shampoo products from Old Spice and Hair Food that had previously been recalled. The...

U.S. Veterans’ Leukemia Diagnoses May Be a Result of Military-Wide “Solvent” Usage and Other Benzene-Related Exposure

U.S. Veterans’ Leukemia Diagnoses May Be a Result of Military-Wide “Solvent” Usage and Other Benzene-Related Exposure

It can take years after exposure to benzene for acute diseases like leukemia to appear. But studies show there is a link, and Gail Trauco, an oncology nurse and a longtime patient advocate, is leading a team of medical experts to support veterans who have been exposed to benzene products like “Solvent” during military active duty.

What Is Benzene?

Benzene is an aromatic...

Bayer Recalls Anti-Fungal Sprays Because Cancer-Causing Benzene Found

Bayer Recalls Anti-Fungal Sprays Because Cancer-Causing Benzene Found

Feeling drowsy or dizzy, even having frequent persistent headaches, could be signs of many things—but for users of products with benzene, a known carcinogen, these symptoms could be the first signs of cancer.

In What Products is Benzene Found?

Several companies removed products from the market in 2021 for the safety of their consumers. In July, Johnson & Johnson recalled...

What Are the Dangers of Benzene? FAQs About Benzene

Benzene Exposure

What Are the Dangers of Benzene? FAQs About Benzene

In March of this year, pharmaceutical testing company Valisure announced it discovered that 78 sunscreen products on the market contain benzene. In May of this year, the company released its findings that 44 hand sanitizer brands also contain the chemical, which is often tied to serious health risks, including benzene-related cancers. A closer look at benzene reveals it shows up in any number...

Sunscreens and Exposure to Cancer-Causing Chemicals: What You Need to Know

Benzene Exposure 

Sunscreens and Exposure to Cancer-Causing Chemicals: What You Need to Know

Independent laboratory Valisure recently announced that it discovered the known carcinogen benzene in 78 sunscreens and after-sun products, including popular brands Neutrogena, Aveeno and Banana Boat, after testing nearly 300 products from 69 different companies.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) lists benzene as a carcinogen and benzene has been linked...

New EPA Rollbacks Threaten Benzene Exposure

New EPA Rollbacks Threaten Benzene Exposure

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was first established under the Nixon Administration in 1970, it was tasked with conserving energy and natural resources, reducing hazardous waste, disposing of it, and ensuring environmentally sound management of that waste. Over the years, the agency developed regulations in collaboration with states to safeguard these goals, particularly...

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