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Zantac, or its generic version ranitidine, may contain a chemical that can cause cancer. Whether Zantac causes brain cancer is unknown, but it’s understood that previous Zantac use could pose a risk to your health and safety.
If you’ve taken Zantac regularly for any period of time, you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit. Zantac lawsuits are being filed at an incredible pace because ranitidine has been commonly used to treat heartburn for decades and is now associated with cancer.
What To Know About Zantac And The Risk For Cancer
In the fall of 2019, the FDA urged drugmakers to pull any ranitidine products from their shelves that contained levels of the potentially cancerous chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). In April 2020, the FDA asked ranitidine manufacturers to remove all ranitidine products from the market.
The FDA is concerned that storing Zantac or ranitidine improperly could lead to unacceptable levels of NDMA. Researchers believe that NDMA develops in ranitidine after being stored in an environment that’s higher than room temperature.
Because there is little way of knowing how, or for how long, the medication is stored, ranitidine products in the U.S. are no longer available for prescription or over-the-counter use.
The Connection Between NDMA And Brain Cancer
NDMA is associated with a cancer risk in humans. This chemical was once used to produce rocket fuel, but is no longer manufactured for any reason other than for research purposes. It’s an organic chemical that can be found in various foods and contaminated drinking water, as well as developed in some industrial processes.
Animal studies suggest that exposure to high levels of NDMA could cause tumors in organs like the liver, lungs, and kidneys. The only evidence that suggests a connection between NDMA and brain cancer is a study that examined various cancers among rubber workers. The rubber industry is the greatest exposure humans have ever had to nitrosamines like NDMA.
However, researchers are hesitant to directly link NDMA exposure to cancer in humans because any exposure usually occurs at low levels. That being said, the rubber worker study found there was an increasing mortality rate among patients with brain cancer who were exposed to high-levels of NDMA.
What To Know About Brain Cancer
There are an estimated 23,890 new cases of brain cancer in the U.S. as of early 2020. Over 150,000 U.S. residents may be living with brain or other types of nervous system cancers.
Brain cancer is caused by tumors or a growth of abnormal tissue cells. If a tumor develops in your brain, it’s called a primary tumor. If a tumor develops in another area of your body, such as the lungs or colon, and then spreads into your brain or nervous system, it’s called a metastatic brain tumor.
Benign brain tumors are not cancerous, while malignant brain tumors are cancerous. Brain tumors can cause unpleasant symptoms and may require professional treatment. If benign tumors are properly treated, then some patients may recover.
Symptoms Of Brain Tumors
Brain tumors can occur in both children and adults.
Common malignant brain tumors in children include:
- malignant pilocytic astrocytoma
- malignant glioma
These brain tumors are far less prevalent in adults. For adults, the most common brain tumor is glioblastoma, which is responsible for 56 percent of brain or other nervous system cancers.
Symptoms of a brain tumor include:
- morning heachaches
- vomiting and nausea
- changes in talking, seeing, or hearing
- balance or walking problems
- thinking or memory problems
- sleepiness or weakness
- mood or behavior changes
Many people diagnosed with a brain tumor receive a combination of treatment methods. This may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, watchful waiting, or other targeted therapies.
Brain Tumor Survival Rates
The survival rate for children with brain tumors is 74 percent, which means that 74 out of 100 children diagnosed with brain cancer will still be alive after five years. The survival rate for adults is 27 percent, meaning only 27 out of 100 adults will be alive five years after diagnosis.
The stark difference in survival rates between adults and children is based on differing cancer biology and types of tumors each age group is most commonly diagnosed with. It’s important to note that survival rates are based on large groups of statistics and cannot predict what will happen to each individual patient.
If you developed a brain tumor after taking Zantac for a significant period of time, you may qualify for a Zantac lawsuit.
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How To Qualify For A Zantac Lawsuit
Although there is no way of knowing if your Zantac use contributed to your brain cancer, you may still have cause to file a lawsuit. To qualify for a Zantac lawsuit, you must be able to prove three things: you took Zantac, you were diagnosed with cancer, and there is a link between your cancer diagnosis and Zantac.
You Took Zantac
To file a Zantac lawsuit, you must prove that you took Zantac or ranitidine. You can do this by showing proof of prescription, receipts from over-the-counter purchases, or other medical records that detail how much Zantac you took and when.
You Were Diagnosed With Cancer
Cancer is the central injury claim put forward in Zantac lawsuits. The primary cancers associated with NDMA in ranitidine include liver, stomach, colorectal, bladder, esophageal, and intestinal cancers. However, a diagnosis of brain cancer could also be considered if you took Zantac regularly for an extended period of time.
Your Cancer Diagnosis Can Be Linked To Zantac Use
Regardless of the type of cancer you developed, taking Zantac consistently and for long periods of time could be enough to establish a connection. Many lawyers suggest you could have a case if you took Zantac regularly and for at least one year before diagnosis.
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