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Talcum Powder May Hurt Consumers

News / April 25, 2016

As a long-trusted personal care item, talcum powder is a staple in most homes. However, the powder can cause ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

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Talc, the main ingredient in baby or talcum powder, is naturally occurring and consists of magnesium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. Most commercial quality talc is mined and sold by Imerys, a company that “designs, manufactures and sells mineral-based specialties that enable customers to improve product performance or process efficiency.” In the US, their Yellowstone open-cast mine in Montana is the country’s largest talc mining operation. When Imerys sells their talc to companies like Johnson & Johnson, the talc is sealed in a bag with the warning that exposure may lead to health problems such as respiratory issues. Up until the 1970’s, talc also carried asbestos, which increases the likelihood of serious health problems like cancer.
Unfortunately for consumers, when they purchase talcum powder products like Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, they have no warning of possible health issues related to the use of talcum powder products despite the only difference between Imerys talc and Johnson’s Baby Powder being some added fragrance. For women who use talcum powder on and around their genitals and were later diagnosed with ovarian cancer, pathology reports have shown talc fibers in their ovaries. Talc fibers have also been found in the lungs of people who used talcum powder on their body in enclosed spaces or used cosmetic products with talcum powder, like face powders or perfume.
In February of 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded one woman substantial compensation because of the talc fibers in her ovaries which lead to ovarian cancer. In 2015, a court in California awarded another woman significant compensation for developing mesothelioma after using talc with asbestos in it. If you or a loved one used talcum powder products and were later diagnosed with ovarian cancer or have had respiratory problems, please contact us today. Our legal team and in-office medical staff have won millions for our clients. All information you share with us is free, confidential, and risk free. Call 1-800-701-3672 for a free talcum powder lawsuit review.