Talc is a clay mineral that is sometimes manufactured in powder form and used in a variety of household products, such as baby powder. Because many products that contain talcum powder are used in the genital area, it is possible the talc is absorbed into the body through commercial use. Some studies suggest that there is a link between talcum powder use and cervical cancer.
Talcum powder could cause cervical cancer if it is contaminated with the known carcinogen, asbestos. Asbestos can lead to cancer-causing genetic mutations in the DNA of human cells. Talcum powder could also lead to cervical cancer by causing chronic inflammation which could be a factor in various forms of cancer, including cervical cancer.
Popular Uses of Talcum Powder
While the nomenclature “talcum powder” may not be familiar to you, it is very likely that you have heard of or even used the popular Johnson & Johnson product, “Baby Powder.” Many other brands carry a similar product that is used to treat rashes, irritation, and sometimes for cosmetic purposes. Many babies, young children, and adults used baby powder at some point, but recently the dangers of this product have emerged which have even led to a recall.
Federal Recall of Baby Powder
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary recall of products containing talcum powder in 2019. This recall specifically targeted baby powder produced the Johnson & Johnson facility lot #22318RB. This was due to a sample testing positive for asbestos, which is known to have harmful cancer-causing effects on human beings. While the FDA continues to test other products and samples containing talcum powder for impurities such as asbestos, it could be beneficial for consumers to stop using products with talcum powder. If you or someone in your life received a diagnosis of cervical cancer and may have suffered exposure to talcum powder, it is possible that these events are correlated.
Cervical cancer is a form of cancer that occurs in the cervix, most commonly in women over 30 years of age. Genetics can lead to cervical cancer, but there are other risk factors as well. For example, exposure to the human papillomavirus, known as “HPV,” can increase the risk of cervical cancer. While ongoing research is being conducted, it is also possible that talcum powder can cause cervical cancer in various ways.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer can better prepare you to get help if necessary. Remember that only a doctor or medical professional can accurately diagnose cervical cancer, so the presence of symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have cancer. If you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical guidance:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Discharge that is unusually heavy, or possesses a foul odor
- Pain in the pelvic region
Cervical cancer is very rare, comprising less that 1% of all new cancer cases, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH also predicts that approximately 14,000 cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in 2020. Due to screening and other proactive health measures, cervical cancer cases have declined in recent years.
Cervical cancer is treatable, especially if it is found in early stages. The National Institute of Health reported a 5-year survival rate above 66%. There are HPV vaccines and regular screenings available for women to help detect signs of cervical cancer. Due to the possibility of talcum powder leading to cervical cancer, if you have used baby powder or other products that are possible carcinogens, it could be in your best interest to schedule a screening with your doctor.
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What to Do if You Suffered Exposure to Talcum Powder
If you or someone you love received a diagnosis with cervical cancer, or is exhibiting signs and symptoms of this disease, you should get help as soon as possible. Nothing is more important than your health, and catching any form of cancer as soon as possible is important in improving your prognosis.
Because cancer can be caused by many different factors, sometimes in combination, it could be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of cervical cancer, but exposure to talcum powder can cause cervical cancer through asbestos contamination. If you used baby powder before the potential dangers were disclosed by a manufacturer, this negligence could have put your health at risk.
During this difficult time, you may have legal options to consider. Some victims of talcum powder exposure could be eligible for financial compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. If you would like to learn more about the legal action available, contact the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. A team member is available to discuss your case in detail during a free consultation, call (800) 217-6099 today.