Recall Cancerous Sunscreen Products

Target: Janet Woodcock, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Goal: Call on the FDA to ban sunscreens containing cancer-causing chemicals.

A total of 78 sunscreens have been found to contain benzene, which is a known carcinogen. The FDA has approved benzene in drug products where it is absolutely necessary, yet many of the contaminated sunscreens can be made without it, and more than two dozen of them contained benzene in levels above the allowable limits. Furthermore, these allowable levels are determined for essential medicinal drugs, and the FDA has failed to provide a limit on how much benzene can be allowed in sunscreen.

Benzene has long been known to cause cancer in humans, which is ironic when used in sunscreen products made to prevent skin cancer. In particular, this dangerous substance is linked to leukemia and blood cancer and it should not be used in commonplace products that are used on adults and children alike.

Sign this petition to urge the FDA to immediately ban benzene from all sunscreens and recall affected products.


Dear Mrs. Woodcock,

I am concerned with the unsafe levels of benzene used in many sunscreen products. An independent analysis has found 78 sunscreens and related items that contain this known carcinogen, which has been linked to leukemia and other types of cancer in humans.

Benzene is not necessary for the manufacture of sunscreen. It is shameful to allow this dangerous chemical in items that are commonly used by citizens who unknowingly give these carcinogens to their families. I urge you to recall all 78 sunscreens containing benzene, and further ban benzene from sunscreen products.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    No one should risk potentially dangerous health complications from ANY personal care or protective products. It’s astonishing to read the potential side effects of many of these commonly used ingredients. Go to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Sunscreen Guide.

  2. Paula Morgan says:

    Is there any question? Why do these products shown to be so harmful still continue to be sold, like Round Up, off store shelves? Is there no pride in industry? No truth? No dignity? Why would any company knowingly, although there are far too many, sell products they know beyond any shade of doubt are cancer causing? And why do we and our government agencies allow this to continue? If making the bottom line at the expense of deaths is the foundation of a company then I feel they need to be taken off the market immediately. All proceeds need to go to the families of those they killed. Mercilessly.

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