If you’ve been diagnosed with intestinal cancer or another type of cancer after taking Zantac, you may have grounds for a cancer lawsuit against Zantac manufacturers. Due to an FDA recall, Zantac and other products containing ranitidine have been removed from pharmacies in the United States because of a possible cancer-causing chemical found in these drugs. Our defective drug lawyers are currently offering free consultations to anyone who has developed cancer after using Zantac.
Symptoms of Cancer in the Small Intestine
Cancer can affect both the small and large intestines. When found in the small intestine, it’s called colorectal cancer.
Cancer in the small intestine is known as intestinal cancer. There are a few common signs and symptoms of small intestine cancer:
- Pain in the abdomen
- Unintentional weight loss
- Feeling weak and tired
- Nausea and vomiting
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Dark-colored stools
- Anemia (low red blood cell counts)
The first symptom is stomach pain for many small intestine cancer patients. It often feels like a cramp and may come and go.
What Are the Risk Factors for Small Intestine Cancer?
There are several risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing intestinal cancer. Some of these risk factors include:
- Old age (average age of diagnosis is 67)
- Certain genetic conditions, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (aka Lynch syndrome), and cystic fibrosis.
- Drinking alcohol and smoking
- High-fat diets
- Exposure to certain chemicals, such as vinyl chloride, dioxins, and herbicides containing phenoxyacetic acid.
- History of gastrointestinal diseases, such as colon cancer, celiac disease, and Chrohn’s disease.
Is Past Zantac Use a Risk Factor for Intestinal Cancer?
Although definitive conclusions have not yet been made, the recent FDA decision to recall Zantac from all pharmacies because of a possible cancer link suggests Zantac users may be at a higher risk of developing intestinal cancer and other types of cancer.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with our experienced defective drug lawyers.