Do you or someone close to you use talcum powder or anything else with talc in it? Have you lately been told that you have mesothelioma, lung cancer, or ovarian cancer? If the answer to either of these questions was true, you might be eligible for sizable compensation. For additional information, get in touch with our California defective product lawyers.
Talcum powder has long been a standard household item in the United States, used to treat everything from diaper rash to musty clothing. The use of talcum powder and other items containing talc, however, may raise your risk of getting cancer, according to recent studies.
Talc naturally exists in areas where asbestos is present, a material that significantly raises your chance of getting cancer. A large portion of the talc used in consumer items may be contaminated with asbestos if mining techniques are not rigorous. Any exposure to asbestos can be harmful to your health and increase your risk of developing a number of cancers.
Talc, a mineral that contains magnesium, silica, and oxygen, is used to make talcum powder. This mineral is frequently used in a wide range of health and cosmetic products because it helps to reduce moisture and prevent chaffing.
Pure talc poses no threat. However, this mineral may also include asbestos in some mining areas. The American Cancer Society claims that exposure to asbestos in any form can pose a major threat to one’s health and raise the possibility of tumorous growths. No amount of asbestos exposure is safe.
You can accidentally be exposing yourself to asbestos if manufacturers don’t thoroughly test their talc before adding it to a product. Companies who employ sloppy or negligent production methods and cause you to get sick should be held accountable.
Talcum powder has a variety of different uses, and for many years, this product was touted as a cure for any number of moisture-related problems. Some of the most common uses of talcum powder include:
Reducing moisture around the genitals
Preventing chafing and rashes
Soothing dry skin
Drying oils in your hair
Removing smells from clothing and shoes