It has recently been discovered that long-term Zantac use can be linked to various types of cancer. Whether Zantac use directly causes specific types of cancer is currently unknown.
However, a certain cancer-causing chemical was found in Zantac, potentially increasing the risk for the development of cancer in a person who has used Zantac for some time. Overall, the long-term use of Zantac can compromise a person’s health.
Zantac cancer lawsuits are being filed against manufacturers of the drug to hold them accountable for developing and distributing a possible cancer-causing drug. Many people who take this popular heartburn medication have used it to treat their symptoms on a daily basis for years.
If you or someone you know has taken Zantac for an extended period of time and developed prostate cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
The Link Between Zantac And Cancer: What To Know
Zantac, generic name ranitidine, is a popular medication commonly used to treat heartburn and other related conditions.
In fall 2019, the FDA issued a recall for all Zantac products which contained levels of the potentially cancer-causing chemical, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). As of April 2020, this recall changed to include all Zantac products, prompting drugmakers and distributors to pull all Zantac products off the market.
Research on Zantac products has uncovered a link between the way Zantac breaks down in the body, leading to elevated levels of NDMA, and the development of cancer.
In other words, ranitidine can break down once ingested, leading to levels of NDMA in the body far beyond the FDA-recommended daily intake which is considered safe and acceptable.
Because of this, individuals who take or have taken Zantac on a regular basis may be at increased risk for cancer. The FDA is also concerned that improper storage of Zantac can lead to increased risk for cancer.
Can The NDMA In Zantac Cause Prostate Cancer?
High levels of NDMA have been associated with cancer risk in humans. Once used in the production of rocket fuel, NDMA is a substance that can be found in minuscule levels in various substances, including contaminated water and certain foods, like red meats.
When consumed within minimal levels (under the FDA’s daily recommended intake level), NDMA is not known to be harmful.
Yet animal studies conducted on exposure to high levels of NDMA suggest the chemical can increase the chances of cancer of certain organs, like the lungs, liver, and kidneys.
One study which followed various types of cancer in rubber workers over a period of 10 years found a link between nitrosamines (chemicals like NDMA) and prostate cancer. The rubber industry contains the highest level of exposure humans have ever had to such chemicals.
Yet researchers do not directly link NDMA found in Zantac to the development of prostate cancer or other cancers because exposure to NDMA typically occurs at very low levels.
However, an increased mortality rate for various types of cancers was shown among rubber industry workers who were exposed to high levels of NDMA.
As NDMA can break down in the body to create dangerously high levels of the chemical, those who take Zantac and develop prostate cancer may have reason to be concerned.
Facts About Prostate Cancer
Approximately 13 out of every 100 men in the U.S. will get prostate cancer in their lifetime, and two to three of these men will die from it. All men are at risk for developing prostate cancer, but some age groups are more at risk than others.
Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in a particular organ of the body. Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that affects a part of the male reproductive system, the prostate.
Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men. While cancer can develop in the prostate and move into other organs, such as the testicles, it is known as prostate cancer if it begins in this organ.
There are a number of known risk factors for prostate cancer, including age—since the prostate continues to grow as a man ages—family history, and being African American, as this group of people tend to be more affected by the disease.
Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer
If you suspect you have prostate cancer, it’s important to speak to your doctor right away to determine if you need to be screened. A number of other issues can occur within the prostate which are unrelated to cancer, so obtaining medical advice on this issue is crucial.
Symptoms may be different among different men, and some men may experience no symptoms at all.
Common prostate cancer symptoms may include:
- difficulty urinating, or pain while urinating
- difficulty stopping or starting stream while urinating
- pain with ejaculation
- low back pain
Prostate Cancer Survival Rates
As with all cancers, it is difficult to determine the exact survival rate for men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer since so many factors must be considered. Survival rates are set based on the stage of prostate cancer a man is diagnosed with at the time of diagnosis.
The survival rates are as follows for prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society:
- SEER stage: Localized—nearly 100 percent
- SEER stage: Regional—nearly 100 percent
- SEER stage: Distant—31 percent
- All SEER Stages combined—98 percent
For example, this means that a man who is diagnosed with prostate cancer in the SEER stage, Localized, has a nearly 100 percent chance of survival after five years.
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Does Your Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Qualify For A Zantac Lawsuit?
While it may not be possible to determine if taking Zantac contributed to your prostate cancer, you may still be able to file a lawsuit against Zantac manufacturers. If you took Zantac for an extended period of time and later developed prostate cancer, you may have grounds for filing a claim for personal injury damages.
In order to qualify for a Zantac personal injury lawsuit, you’ll have to prove that you took Zantac. This can be achieved by producing receipts from purchasing the medication or supplying medical records that contain a doctor’s prescription or recommendation to take the medication
You will then have to prove your prostate cancer diagnosis. Cancer has now been linked to long-term Zantac use, with the primary types of cancer in Zantac personal injury claims including those of the liver, bladder, esophagus, colon, and intestines.
Lawyers representing Zantac-related claims believe you may have a strong case for personal injury if you took Zantac for at least one year and were later diagnosed with cancer.
Although prostate cancer is not one of the primary cancers linked to Zantac use, regular, long-term Zantac use may contribute to the development of cancer. To file a claim successfully, you’ll need to be able to show that your prostate cancer diagnosis can be linked to your Zantac use.
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How To File A Zantac Prostate Cancer Lawsuit
If you took Zantac for any length of time and have developed prostate cancer, you may be able to file a claim for compensation to recover your losses, both those caused by cancer, like pain and suffering and medical bills, and any money spent on the medication.
A lawyer can help you build a strong case to support your claim, complete with the right documentation, to give you the best chance at recovering compensation. Learn more about filing a Zantac personal injury claim by speaking to one of our attorneys today for a free initial consultation.