A healthy, 24 year old woman kept searching for answers when she was having difficulty breathing and a recurring unproductive cough. After several biopsies, an assortment of tests and scans, and a lengthy patient history was given, the woman’s doctor finally discovered that the source of the woman’s lung problems was her talcum powder usage 10 years prior when she used baby powder as a teenager. A case study published in 2011 shows how talc fibers can create nodules in the lungs and cause respiratory problems even decades after stopping talc usage.
Talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer in women, and for anyone who has used talcum powder, it is possible they could have developed talcosis, talc induced interstitial lung disease, from inhaling talc fibers. The disorder is difficult to treat because for most people, talcum powder dusting would fall outside of their medical history and therefore is often excluded from the determination process of diagnosing lung issues. Talc fibers don’t break down, they can sit in the lungs or ovaries for years acting as an irritant which then leads to bigger health problems.
When talc leaves the mine, it carries a warning that talc exposure can lead to health problems such as ovarian cancer or respiratory issues. Distributors like Johnson & Johnson take off that warning, add a fragrance to the powder, and sell it to the public with no exposure warning of any kind. If you’ve used products like Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower and later developed ovarian cancer or have difficulty breathing, call the Hollis Law Firm. We have attorneys experienced in lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, and medical staff who can understand your injuries and how to best fight for you. Call 1-800-701-3672 for a free talcum powder lawsuit review.