One of the most commonly used household products by families throughout Americans is talcum powder, also known as baby powder. Recently, studies have shown that women who have often used talcum powder throughout the course of their life are more susceptible to ovarian cancer. Because the study is relatively new, there is still a lot of research to be done on the matter.
Some natural talc contains asbestos, and therefore, the possibility that talcum products, such as powder, has asbestos in it is a risk. However, since the 1970’s, all talcum-based products have been free of asbestos. The presence of asbestos also creates the risk that those who work as talc miners or have other long-term exposure to inhaling the mineral may face lung cancer. Asbestos is a major cause of lung cancer in the United States and this is just one of the many ways it can be obtained.
The studies that are taking place in regards to women contracting ovarian cancer through the long-term use of talcum powder are still ongoing and it is important for women who continuously use the product to be aware of any risk. There have been a few lawsuits already against Johnson and Johnson, a leading retailer of baby powder. One woman won over $70 million against the company after being a long-term user of baby powder who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. There have been a number of lawsuits filed against Johnson and Johnson, who has begun fighting the claims aggressively.
If you believe you may have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after years of talcum powder use, contact our firm today.
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