You may have seen the news lately about Zantac causing many types of cancer, including breast cancer.
Zantac can allegedly break down into the chemical NDMA, a known carcinogen.
The FDA has requested a market recall of Zantac and its generic form ranitidine. You may be entitled to compensation if you have a breast cancer diagnosis after taking Zantac.
Update: 1/27/2021 – Please note that there has been a change in the litigation and we are no longer accepting OTC generic ranitidine usage cases.
Zantac and NDMA
Zantac is a popular medication known as an H2 antihistamine-blocker. The drug is used to treat heartburn, stomach and intestinal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid.
The basis of the recall, and the lawsuit, is the fact that Zantac and its generic form ranitidine can break down to form a cancer-causing chemical N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The chemical allegedly forms in Zantac while in the packaging after prolonged periods of time or under high temperatures.
NDMA can also be formed when Zantac is broken down by the body in the stomach.
In fact, the chemical was once used to make rocket fuel! It is extremely toxic to many organs in the body.
Zantac and Breast Cancer
It is possible that the NDMA created in Zantac and ranitidine causes many types of cancer, including breast cancer.
A 2008 peer-reviewed study inspected the link between H2 antihistamine-blocker medications and breast cancer. The results of this study did not determine a causal link between ranitidine and breast cancer.
However, the study suggested that regular Zantac or ranitidine use increased a person’s chances of developing ductal carcinoma, a type of breast cancer.
More research is needed to understand the relationship between Zantac and the development of breast cancer.
If you’ve suffered from breast cancer after taking Zantac or ranitidine, you may be able to file a claim for compensation in the ongoing Zantac lawsuit.
Signs of Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer
Ductal carcinoma is a type of breast cancer that begins by invading milk ducts in the breast.
This type of cancer is diagnosed as invasive ductal carcinoma or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), also called intraductal carcinoma.
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Invasive ductal carcinoma begins in the cells of a milk duct and can spread to other parts of the body.
Some symptoms of invasive ductal carcinoma include:
- A lump in the breast
- Thickened breast skin
- Rash or redness on the breast
- Swelling in the breast
- Nipple pain
- Inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge
Invasive ductal carcinoma is usually found as a result of an abnormal mammogram.
A doctor typically orders a biopsy to analyze the cells and diagnose the type of cancer. To determine the stage of the breast cancer and see how far the cancer has spread, further testing might be required. These tests could include a CT scan, PET scan, MRI, bone scan, or chest X-ray.
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)
Also known as intraductal carcinoma, DCIS is a growth of cells in the breast ducts. This type of breast cancer is noninvasive – it does not grow outside of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue.
Even though it is noninvasive, DCIS can lead to invasive cancer.
Typically, there are no early symptoms for DCIS. Most DCIS cases are diagnosed through mammogram screenings, where it appears as a shadowy area. A doctor will usually order a biopsy to analyze the cells and confirm the diagnosis.
If you have taken Zantac or ranitidine on a regular basis and you are showing unusual symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor for a cancer screening.
Zantac and Other Cancers
In addition to breast cancer, Zantac usage may be linked to other types of cancers.
Here are some other forms of cancer that Zantac may cause:
- Gastric (stomach)
Do You Have Breast Cancer After Zantac Use?
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or any of the cancers listed above, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the complex process and file a Zantac lawsuit if you meet the requirements.
Click here to fill out our form and see if you qualify for the Zantac lawsuit.
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