Since 1971, researchers have speculated that there is a strong connection between the use of talc and certain types of cancers. However, you may be wondering, “Is talc the same as talcum powder?” Talcum powder is actually the mineral talc after it has been processed. It is then refined down to a powdery substance, where it gets its name.
If you used talcum powder in the past and have now received a diagnosis of either ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, you deserve to have someone help you determine if you have a strong case to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact an attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 or online today to discuss your case and your rights. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you do not pay unless we win.
Talc vs. Talcum Powder
Talc is an organic mineral and a mined resource. Its chemical name is hydrous magnesium sulfate. The three elements present in talc: oxygen, silicon, and magnesium, combine to make a chalky substance that is the softest mineral on the planet.
Due to its softness and ability to absorb moisture, talc is ground into a powder through a process that results in talcum powder. Therefore, we can consider talc the same as talcum powder.
Talc Linked to Asbestos
Studies have shown a link between the use of talcum powders and certain forms of cancer. The reason is the geological link between talc and asbestos, which is a carcinogen (something that causes cancer). Often, asbestos mines are in close proximity to talc mines in the ground, and studies have discovered that talc sometimes contains the asbestos mineral inside of it.
Because talc with asbestos particles was ground into a fine powder and used by women for absorption purposes on their genitals, researchers believe that talc increased the propensity for women to have ovarian cancer, because talc with asbestos particles was ground into a fine powder and used by women for absorption purposes on their genitals.
If you received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and had a history of talcum powder use, please visit with an attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 or online today to discuss your potential case.
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Evidence and Lawsuits
Different studies between 1971 and 2018 have shown that there may be a link between genital use of talc and risk of ovarian cancer. There may also be a link between talc and mesothelioma. Some studies have not come to the same strong conclusion, however, and there is much debate in the scientific community. Research aside, thousands of lawsuits have successfully won against makers and manufacturers of talc products, with juries requiring talcum powder manufacturing companies to pay millions of dollars in awards for injuries and wrongful deaths.
World Opinion on Talc and Talcum Powder
Given that we can treat talc the same as talcum powder, we can use this information to research how it may have affected our health. Many different world organizations have taken strong stances against the manufacturing of products that contain talc.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer does not state that talcum powder is a carcinogen, but they do share their evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans from talc. It is suspected that there may be an increased risk for ovarian cancer when talc is used on the genitals. However, the United States Food and Drug Administration has not taken a stance at all on the toxicity of talc or talcum powder, nor does it state an opinion regarding whether talc or talcum powder are considered carcinogens. Despite this, many cases in United States courts have won against talcum powder manufacturers.
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Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma is an overwhelming and terrifying experience. If you received a diagnosis of either of these types of cancers and believe that you used talc-containing products in the past, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries. Contact the attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 or online today to find out how you could receive compensation for your injuries.
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