Gold Bond Medicated Powder contains talc, which is always found in the ground near another mineral, asbestos. As a result, many talc particles contain asbestos. Therefore, Gold Bond talc may contain asbestos as well.
Gold Bond Medicated Powder
Gold Bond Medicated Powder is a product used on the skin in order to relieve itching, prevent chafing and diaper rash, and absorb moisture. The most popular products include Gold Bond Medicated Baby Powder, Gold Bond Original Strength Body Powder, and Gold Bond Medicated Extra Strength Body Powder. Talcum powder is the primary ingredient in Gold Bond Medicated Powder and Gold Bond Medicated Extra Strength Body Powder. However, Gold Bond Baby Powder does not have talcum powder as an ingredient, but rather uses cornstarch to absorb moisture.
Talc and Asbestos
Whether Gold Bond products contain asbestos is a significant question as asbestos is a widely known carcinogen. Under a microscope, asbestos appears as thousands of tiny needles. If a person breathes in asbestos, they may ultimately develop mesothelioma, which is a deadly cancer started from these tiny needles of asbestos embedding themselves in the lungs of victims. In other cases, asbestos can penetrate and absorb throughout the body, resulting in ovarian or peritoneal cancer.
The European Journal of Cancer Prevention research proved that asbestos existed in the cancerous tissue samples of ovarian cancer patients. This research concluded that any asbestos-containing talc increased the risk for women to develop ovarian or peritoneal cancer.
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Workers that had employment in areas of construction, insulation, industry or factory jobs, and especially mining of certain minerals often developed mesothelioma, which is fatal cancer. Researchers discovered that consistent exposure to the mineral asbestos was the cause of the development of this type of cancer. While talc-mining workers often developed mesothelioma, simply working in a barbershop for years and inhaling talc could cause an increased risk in the development of mesothelioma.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal published research that shows that scientists directly link ovarian and other female reproductive cancers to asbestos and talc. Scientists discovered talc particles actually within the inside of ovarian tumors, leading them to conclude that the asbestos-containing talc leads to an increased risk of different types of cancer, such as ovarian and cervical cancers in women.
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While Gold Bond talc contains asbestos, many different health organizations continue to take different stands regarding the safety or danger of these products. While all research shows that asbestos is a carcinogen, many conflicting opinions exist regarding whether or not the use of talcum-containing products increases the risk of either mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or other types of cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) argues that talcum-containing products are not inherently more dangerous as a whole.
However, these products may slightly increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer during her lifetime if she uses talc-containing products near her genitals. In a completely different opinion, the European Union has completely banned all health and beauty products that contain talc. To make the matter even more confusing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to take an official stand on the possible relationship and risks associated between talc, asbestos, and cancer.
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Talc, Asbestos, and Lawsuits
Manufacturers of products that contain talc, such as Johnson & Johnson and Gold Bond, have had to pay astronomical sums to victims claiming their ovarian cancer or mesothelioma cancer was the direct result of their exposure to asbestos in talc-containing products. Some of the verdicts that favored the plaintiff include compensation award amounts in the millions of dollars.
According to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), as of October 2019, over 13,000 lawsuits were actually pending against different talcum powder manufacturers. Whether or not Gold Bond talc contains asbestos, and while the researchers and scientists continue to have discussion and debate, it is clear that victims often receive substantial settlements resulting from the fact that juries seem to believe that talc-containing products increase the risk of the development of certain types of cancers.
A Talcum Lawsuit Lawyer Can Help You With Your Case
If you developed any kind of serious medical condition, such as mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or peritoneal cancer following a long period of using Gold Bond talc-containing products, consider speaking with our legal team. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn how a talcum lawsuit lawyer can help you pursue justice and understand your legal rights and options.