Mesothelioma is an aggressive, potentially deadly form of cancer. It is caused primarily by the inhalation of asbestos particles. While most often linked to workplace asbestos exposure, there is growing evidence that some people have developed mesothelioma after using the common cosmetic product talcum powder.
In March of 2020, new research published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine further links talcum powder use to mesothelioma. While pure talc does not appear to be dangerous, the product is sometimes contaminated with asbestos. Here, our mesothelioma attorneys discuss the study and explain your options if you or your loved one developed cancer after using cosmetic talc.
It is well established that asbestos is the primary cause of mesothelioma. Alarmingly, some cosmetic talc products have been shown to be contaminated with asbestos. Researchers studied 75 people who were known to have developed mesothelioma. None of the 75 individuals studied had any other connection to asbestos exposure other than their use of consumer cosmetic products. After a comprehensive review of the participants, researchers concluded that mesothelioma can develop after a person has been exposed to talcum powder products. They note that mesothelioma is not linked to the talc itself, but instead to asbestos-related contaminants in talcum powder; specifically, to two known asbestos-related carcinogens: anthophyllite and tremolite.
To be clear, not all talcum powder contains traces of asbestos. There is no reliable evidence that the purest form of talc is a known human carcinogen. However, in too many cases, talc becomes contaminated with asbestos—both naturally and in the extraction and production process. Several brands of talcum powder have tested positive for asbestos carcinogens in the past. Last month, the corporate giant Johnson & Johnson officially announced that it will stop selling talc-based baby powders in the United States and Canada.
Since 2016, a number of victims have recovered compensation for talc-related cancer. Successful talcum powder claims have been brought in many jurisdictions throughout the country. If you or your loved one developed mesothelioma after using talcum powder, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced attorney. Beyond mesothelioma, talc use has also been linked to ovarian cancer in women. Do not assume that you have no rights or no ability to bring a claim. A lawyer will review your case, explain your options, and help you take action to get your family justice and financial support.
At Richmond Vona, LLC, our mesothelioma lawyers have the unique skills and experience needed to stand up for your rights. If you have any questions about cosmetic talc and malignant mesothelioma, we are here to help. For a free review of your claim, please contact us today. Our law firm represents victims throughout all of Western New York, including in Erie County, Monroe County, Niagara County, and Chautauqua County.