What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is derived from talc, a mineral composed of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, talc absorbs moisture and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and preventing rashes. Talcum powder is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in many other consumer products.
Is Talc Toxic?
Despite its long history and widespread use in the United States, talc is not as safe as it seems. Babies and small children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of talc dust, which can cause significant harm if it’s swallowed or inhaled.
Talc inhalation can cause wheezing, coughing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. As a result of these risks, Johnson & Johnson includes a warning on its baby powder urging consumers to keep the product away from their children's faces to “avoid inhalation.”
However, some consumers are calling on J&J to include another warning label on the powder regarding an increased risk of cancer.
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How Can Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
Although it is not known for certain exactly how talc can cause ovarian cancer, one theory is that when the product is used for feminine hygiene, talc particles can travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. From there, it can take years to dissolve, and studies have found that it can cause inflammation, ultimately leading to ovarian cancer.
How Does Talc Cause Mesothelioma?
Research has shown that asbestos-containing talc products can increase the risk of mesothelioma. While workplace exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma, regular, long-term use of talcum powder may also increase the risk of this and other cancers.
Do I Qualify for a Lawsuit?
In order to qualify for a lawsuit, you must have used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower for 4+ years continuously in the general area before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or endometrioid ovarian cancer.
How Long Does a Lawsuit Take?
The timeline for litigation varies greatly. Some cases can resolve in as little as 1 year, while others can take more than a decade. In most cases, these lawsuits take several years to resolve.
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Again, if you got ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after using talcum powder, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.