Talcum powder, the popular baby and personal care product, has been widely used for decades as a skin-soother. Unfortunately, products that contain talc have recently been linked to serious diseases and conditions, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. A form of cancer caused by asbestos, mesothelioma is disease in which the cells of the mesothelioma are affected, becoming abnormal and invasive. Any tissues can be affected, but most people diagnosed with mesothelioma have cancer in the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. This deadly type of cancer is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, which we now know are found in popular talcum powder products like Johnson & Johnson baby powder.
What is Talc?
Talc is one of the most mined minerals on the planet, used in everything from industrial products to cosmetics and personal hygiene products. Talcum powder has been applauded for its ability to absorb moisture without drying the skin out, which is why people have used it on their skin for more than 100 years. In today’s modern society, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounded the safety of talc and its connection to certain cancers. According to recent studies, talc that has been contaminated with asbestos can definitely lead to mesothelioma.
Talcum Powder and Asbestos-Related Cancer
There are numerous products still out there today containing talcum powder, as it was thought that talc was soothing. However, new research suggests that these products put people at-risk of developing asbestos-related cancers, such as mesothelioma. At Atkins & Markoff, we have helped countless people file lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, the most popular maker of personal hygiene products made from talc.
While asbestos and talc are different, they have similar chemical compositions and they are also mined in close proximity to one another. In recent years, scientists have learned that asbestos is found in talc at an increasingly high rate. Furthermore, we have also learned that Johnson & Johnson was aware that some of its products containing talcum powder were potentially dangerous. Because the company failed to warn the public of these dangers and also refused to conduct their own investigation, they are being held responsible and facing numerous lawsuits.
Contact a Lawyer Today
If you have used products containing talcum powder and have developed cancer, you may be able to file a lawsuit. We have seen countless individuals successfully show that the cause of their cancer was talc with asbestos that affected the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. The legal team here at Atkins & Markoff is dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have affected by products containing talc, such as several within the Johnson & Johnson line. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after using a product containing talc, please contact our product liability lawyers today. We are here to discuss your options with you and will help you move forward with a lawsuit, should you decide that is the best path for you to take. If you have any additional questions about the potential dangers of talc and the connection between it and mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or other asbestos-related diseases, please contact Atkins & Markoff today.