Yes, talcum powder is toxic.
Definition of Toxic
A toxic product is something that is either directly poisonous or something considered extremely harmful or bad. Any product that could result in a person developing cancer or dying would clearly qualify under that definition.
Talcum Powder Is Toxic
Talcum powder is a powder ground from the mineral talc, a soft mineral found in the Earth. While the mineral talc itself is not directly considered toxic, in many cases, this mineral contains asbestos fibers, which is a known carcinogen. Talc mines and asbestos mines are often found in the ground in close proximity to each other, and therefore, researchers and scientists discovered that cross-contamination occurs between these two minerals in the Earth.
Thus, under the microscope, the talc mineral often contains actual asbestos particles. Due to the fact that every particle of talc does not receive an inspection to determine if it contains asbestos, and also because a great deal of research proves that talc often contains asbestos, talcum powder is toxic as it has a significant chance of containing the cancer-causing mineral, asbestos.
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Why It Matters That Talcum Powder Is Toxic
People have consistently used talc in cosmetics; it has been used for feminine hygiene purposes, as a moisture-wicking and anti-chafing agent, and for babies in diapers for a century. Talcum powder’s toxicity affects a majority of people in the United States, and the world. If extensive exposure to this product results in the increased risk of developing mesothelioma, ovarian, or peritoneal cancers, the fact that a toxic product continues to exist in the marketplace should be of grave concern.
Lawsuits Based on the Toxicity of Talcum Powder
Juries agree with scientists and researchers that claim that there is an absolute link between the increased risk of developing certain types of cancer and the exposure to talcum powder. The Cancer Journal published research connecting talc with ovarian cancer, and hundreds of other studies such as European Journal of Cancer Prevention showed that there is an increased risk of developing cancer following long exposures to talc. Juries continue to award victims suffering from mesothelioma, ovarian, and peritoneal cancers large financial awards as they believe that talcum powder is toxic to consumers.
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Steps to Take if You Develop Cancer as a Result of Talcum Powder
If you developed mesothelioma, peritoneal, or ovarian cancer, you likely face significant medical bills, continued treatments, the inability to return to work due to your medical condition, and pain and suffering. You may have the legal right to pursue a claim against a talcum powder manufacturer. Consider the following steps you can take following your diagnosis of cancer as a result of talcum powder exposure.
Follow Medical Advice
Your most important step is to ensure that you receive medical care and attention as soon as possible. Always follow your doctor’s advice, and seek second opinions if you must make important or complicated decisions regarding surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Make your health your priority no matter what diagnosis you receive.
Collect as Much Documentation as Possible
As you go through this process, attempt to keep as much documentation as possible. All of your doctor visit notes, medical bills, diagnostic test results, prescription medications, surgeries, medical treatments, and other items related to your health should always remain together for easier access. Additionally, when you have time, visit with your employer to determine your lost wages, which may include not only your salary, but also any lost promotions, lost bonuses, lost employee benefits such as contributions to a pension plan, or other compensation you lost due to your illness.
Finally, keep a daily diary regarding your pain and suffering. Make note of activities you are no longer able to do, such as pick up your grandchildren, drive a vehicle, walk up stairs, or even handle personal hygiene independently such as bathing. Having all of this documentation together in one place can help you if you ever make the decision to file a claim for justice or to receive compensation for your injuries and losses.
Document Any Talcum Powder Use
If you believe that you developed mesothelioma, ovarian, or peritoneal cancer as a result of your exposure to talcum powder, you should attempt to reconstruct how often you used products containing talc throughout your lifetime. If you are able to obtain receipts or witnesses that could testify to your use of these products, it can only bolster your claim that your continued exposure to toxic talcum powder resulted in the development of your cancer.
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Learn How We Can Help You
While we can not help you with your actual cancer diagnosis, we may have the ability to help you receive justice. If you received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, ovarian, or peritoneal cancer, and believe it has a connection to your use of talcum powder, learn how one of our attorneys can help you possibly receive the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our legal team to learn more at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 217-6099.