Research seems to indicate that a man can get testicular cancer from talcum powder that contains asbestos. Testicular mesothelioma is a type of testicular cancer that researchers concluded develops from exposure to asbestos, which is a well-known risk factor, according to the National Toxicology Program (NTP). Because talcum powders contain the mineral talc, they may also contain the mineral asbestos, which is the carcinogen linked to the increased risk and development of testicular cancer.
Understanding Testicular Cancer
Unlike mesothelioma, ovarian, and peritoneal cancers, which many researchers conclude develops through exposure to asbestos, not much research has occurred with respect to testicular mesothelioma.
Typically, testicular cancer occurs through the development of a primary tumor on the tunica vaginalis, which is the pouch of the serous membrane that covers a man’s testes. Testicular cancer appears as white-yellow and firm nodules on the surface of the tunica vaginalis, and can ultimately cause the membrane to thicken over time.
Testicular mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer for men and has the ability to metastasize (spread) quickly throughout a man’s body. Even if a victim has tumors removed, many men have a recurrence of tumors within a few years. However, the prognosis and survival rate associated with testicular mesothelioma is much better than those diagnosed with mesothelioma in the lungs or ovarian cancer.
Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
If you had large amounts of exposure to talcum powders from manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson or Gold Bond Medicated Powders containing talc, you may wonder whether or not you can get testicular cancer from talcum powder that occurs in those products. The following are some symptoms of testicular cancer to visit with your doctor about if you feel concerned about your risk of developing testicular cancer:
- Symptoms similar to a hernia, as many patients receive an incorrect diagnosis of hernia prior to receiving a testicular cancer diagnosis.
- Swelling of the scrotum that develops as a result of fluid collecting in the thin sheath surrounding a testicle known as a hydrocele (more than half of all testicular cancer patients have a hydrocele).
- Painless scrotal mass.
While these symptoms may indicate testicular cancer, in many cases, men that develop testicular cancer have no signs or symptoms. The only absolute way to determine whether or not a person has testicular cancer is to perform a biopsy.
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Testicular Cancer Treatments
Surgery is the most common type of treatment for testicular mesothelioma. Most 100% of all men that develop testicular cancer will have surgery to remove the tumor, as well as the affected testicle and entire spermatic chord. If testicular cancer has metastasized throughout the body, or to lymph nodes, the surgeon may also remove those affected lymph nodes or other tumors. In some cases, a patient will receive chemotherapy following the surgery or radiation therapy depending on the facts and circumstances of that individual.
Talcum Powder and Asbestos
Talc is a soft mineral found in the ground directly near the mineral asbestos. As they are both minerals present in the soil, researchers discovered that a substantial amount of talc actually also contains the mineral asbestos. Alone, talc is not a dangerous mineral. When talc contains asbestos, the result can be a higher risk of the development of different types of cancers for those persons who receive consistent or extended exposure to this mineral.
Research concludes that mesothelioma found in the lungs often contains asbestos particles. Additionally, asbestos can easily absorb throughout the body, resulting in either ovarian or peritoneal cancer. Scientific studies continue to prove the connection between asbestos and different types of cancer, such as the research published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention that concluded asbestos existed in the tissue samples of ovarian cancer patients.
Talcum Powder and Testicular Cancer
Because many men use products such as Gold Bond Medicated Powder to relieve itching, prevent chafing, and absorb moisture on their testicles, they may have an increased risk of developing testicular cancer as a result.
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If you developed testicular cancer or testicular mesothelioma, you may wonder if you developed testicular cancer from talcum powder containing asbestos. If you have a history of exposure to talcum-containing products, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Consider contacting Pintas & Mullins at (800) 794-0444 to learn how we can help you seek compensation for your injuries and losses, and help you ensure that your legal rights are always protected.