Deodorants recalled due to cancer risk

Those with further questions regarding the recall can call P&G at 888-339-7689, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

So far, the manufacturer has not received any reports of adverse events related to the recall.

Negative reactions or quality issues resulting from the use of the sprays can also be reported to the Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program in the following ways:

  • Complete and submit an online report.
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download this form or call 800-332-1088 to request a declaration form, then complete and return it to the address on the pre-addressed form, or fax it to 800- 332-0178.

In July, low levels of benzene were identified in Neutrogena and Aveeno solar sprays.

What are the symptoms of benzene poisoning?

Benzene is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature that quickly evaporates into the air. Low levels of the chemical can be present in outdoor air from tobacco smoke, gas stations, vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions. But there are generally higher levels of benzene in indoor environments from products such as glues, paint, furniture wax and detergents, according to the CDC.

The severity of benzene poisoning depends on how much, how it enters the body, and how long a person is exposed to. Age and pre-existing medical conditions also play a role.

Those who inhale high levels of benzene may develop the following signs and symptoms within minutes or hours:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Headache
  • tremors
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death (at very high levels)

People with symptoms of benzene poisoning are advised to go to a hospital as soon as possible.

Long-term health effects from exposure to benzene can include damage to the bone marrow and a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. Women who inhale high levels of the toxin may develop irregular periods and reduce the size of their ovaries.

Exposure to high levels of benzene in the air for more than a year or more can cause leukemia and cancer of the blood-forming organs.

Aaron Kassraie writes on issues important to military veterans and their families to AARP. He is also a general assignment reporter. Kassraie previously covered United States foreign policy as a correspondent in the Washington office of the Kuwait News Agency and worked in gathering information for United States today and English Al Jazeera.

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