Talcum powder is a product that has been used for thousands of years and is a main component is the mineral talc. This mineral is considered the softest mineral on Earth and is composed of oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. There are many uses for talcum powder. However, scientists have discovered that the use of talcum powder may increase the risk for certain types of cancer, such as mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.
If you believe that you used talcum powder, or products containing talc, and a doctor diagnosed you with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, 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. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you do not pay unless we win.
Talcum powder has been almost synonymous with the concept of diaper rash elimination for over a century. Women sprinkled talcum powder in diapers and on babies’ bottoms for decades to absorb wetness and reduce the possibility of diaper rash or skin irritations. For over one hundred years, the soft, silky, smooth texture of talcum powder has absorbed moisture and cured painful infant irritations.
However, the American Academy of Pediatrics has warned parents of the dangers from talcum powder inhalation by infants as far back as 1969. The AAP recommended that parents never use any talcum powders because they can pose a respiratory risk, including trouble breathing and serious lung damage if a baby were to inhale the talcum powder. Additionally, use on the genital area has proven to increase the risk of certain types of cancer, including ovarian cancer.
Cosmetics and Personal Hygiene
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act states that cosmetic products and their ingredients do not have to undergo any kind of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing, review, or approval before being placed in the marketplace. Even though cosmetics must include a label that identifies talcum powder or talc as an ingredient, there are no regulations that prohibit cosmetics or hygiene products from containing talcum powder or talc. In fact, the FDA does not take any kind of a position regarding whether talc should or should not be in products in the American marketplace.
Women used talcum powder for centuries in cosmetic products. To this day, many makeup products, including foundation, concealer, lotion, moisturizing cream, face masks, blush, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, eye shadows, and face powders, all contain talc and talcum powders. If you are curious to find out if your cosmetics contain any talc or talcum powder, the Environmental Working Group created a searchable database where you can search over 73,000 products to see what yours contains.
While many cosmetics can say that products containing talc are natural because talc is a mineral, it is important to consider that natural does not always mean safe. Breathing in the fine powder from setting powders and foundations could increase the risk of mesothelioma.
If you believe you have mesothelioma from exposure to talcum powders in cosmetics, contact the attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 or online today. Our goal is to prevent any further damage by an injury you suffered through no fault of your own. The at-fault party should pay for your treatment and injuries, not you.
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Women have also used talcum powder in the genital area to absorb moisture and prevent any friction or chafing. The connection between talc and carcinoma of the ovary and cervix was first discovered in 1971 when scientists noticed that ovarian tumors contained particles of talc, from talcum powder use. While other studies since that time have rejected this opinion, the majority of studies conclude that there is some sort of statistically significant relationship between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. To date, thousands of victims’ lawsuits claim their use of talcum powder caused their ovarian cancers. Juries agreed and ordered talcum powder manufacturers to pay millions of dollars to these victims.
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If you received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and used talc-containing products, contact the attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 or online to help you understand your rights, and help you build your case.