Talc, the main ingredient in baby powder, bath powders, cosmetics, and other hygiene products, has been found to contain asbestos, a known carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer).
Lawsuits against manufacturers of baby powder and other cosmetic products claim that for more than 50 years manufacturers knew that talc was contaminated with asbestos but did nothing to warn consumers about the risks of their products.
Women are the main consumers of talcum powder, using it to stay dry in hot climates and to prevent chafing between babies’ legs. Talc is also used in many cosmetic products such as lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, blush, and foundation.
The most serious side effects for women using talcum powder are ovarian cancer, which occurs when talcum powder enters the ovaries through the vagina, and mesothelioma, which can occur when talcum powder enters the lungs.
Frequent use of talcum powder in the genital area increases the risk of ovarian cancer between 30% and 60%. The more a woman uses it, the more likely she is to have ovarian cancer.
While less common, talcum powder has also been linked to uterine cancer, testicular cancer, and bladder cancer.
Talc and asbestos are naturally occurring minerals that develop under similar geologic conditions. As a result, veins of asbestos may run through talc deposits in mines.
Internal memos from Johnson & Johnson reveal that the company has known about the link between talcum powder and cancer for at least 50 years but did nothing to warn consumers about the potential dangers of using the product.
People who used baby powder, cosmetics, or other products that contain talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma may be eligible for compensation.
In particular, women who used talc-containing products around the genital area daily or almost daily and developed ovarian cancer may be eligible.
People who used talc-containing products and developed mesothelioma are also eligible. Most of these products are cosmetics, like baby powder, although some industrial products such as clay, chalk, paper, crayons, joint compounds, and adhesives also contain asbestos.
People who used baby powder made from cornstarch are not eligible because cornstarch-based products do not contain talc.
While talc and asbestos are not always linked, using talcum powder that contains asbestos increases the risk of cancer. The following products have been found to have contained asbestos:
I am currently reviewing lawsuits on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma as a result of using talcum powder or other talc products.
People who were diagnosed with cancer as a result of using talcum powder or talc-based products may be eligible for compensation for:
Juries have returned verdicts of $29 million and more in favor of women who used talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. There have also been several confidential settlements.
If you or someone you love used talcum powder or talc-based products and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, contact Brian K. Balser Co. LPA today.
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