Is Talcum Powder Safe?
In the last few years, it has become widely known that Johnson & Johnson has had lawsuits filed against them for their use of talcum powder in their baby powder products. If you used Johnson & Johnson baby powder products and you or your child were subsequently diagnosed with a serious medical condition, you may be entitled to compensation with help from a lawyer.
Continue reading to learn more about the talcum powder alert, why talcum-based products can be dangerous, and some of the most common medical conditions seen after talcum exposure.
Talcum Powder Alert
Many have come forward with claims that they became severely ill after being exposed to talcum powder. There are several ways that individuals have been exposed to talcum powder over the years, but it wasn’t until the Johnson & Johnson scandal that many people began to take notice.
In addition to exposure through baby powder, many people who have become ill were exposed to talcum powder over a significant period of time through their work. This talcum powder exposure has led to a variety of medical conditions, including mesothelioma.
Is Talcum Powder Dangerous?
Talc is a mineral that is mined from rock deposits to make talcum powder. In the cosmetics industry, it is finely ground to make baby powder and is also used in smaller amounts in other types of cosmetics. It is still unclear why talc and talcum powder have been linked to various types of cancers, but one theory is that talc is contaminated with asbestos—a known carcinogen.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
If we go with the theory that talcum powder is tainted with asbestos or other carcinogens, it would make sense that women exposed to talcum powder would develop certain types of cancers. Ovarian cancer is one of the most commonly seen medical conditions that women who used Johnson & Johnson baby powder have been diagnosed with.
Some medical experts have suggested that small particles of the baby powder/talcum powder can make their way into the vaginal canal and ovaries, where they can cause inflammation and cancer over time.
Talcum Powder and Testicular Cancer
While women who use talcum powder products may subsequently suffer from ovarian cancer, when men use the same products on their upper thighs or genital region, those same talc particles can migrate to the penis and testicles, causing inflammation and ultimately, in some cases, testicular cancer.
Talcum Powder and Bladder Cancer
Talc-contaminated products have been around for decades. Ingesting them, or applying them to parts of the body where those small particles can make their way inside of the body, has the potential to cause many types of cancer.
Although bladder cancer has not been directly tied to talcum powder exposure, in recent years, there have been increases in the number of people who have reported bladder cancer diagnoses after being exposed to talc products.
Contact a Product Liability Lawyer
If you were exposed to talcum powder, especially through Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates can help you seek justice for your suffering.
Call our office at 1-800-404-9000 or fill out the quick contact form included at the bottom of this page to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
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