Baby Blues: Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?

Baby powder is one of the most widely used household products throughout the entire country. It is most often used for caring for babies, as well as feminine hygiene. Unfortunately, scientists have recently delivered devastating news regarding talcum powder's safety, the key ingredient in baby powder. The beloved product has been contaminated with deadly, carcinogenic asbestos, and worse, Johnson & Johnson has known since 1982.

How Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?

In the 1970s, scientists began looking into the manufacturing of talcum powder, the key ingredient to Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and shower-to-shower products. Ultimately, more than 20 studies were published that revealed a potentially lethal asbestos contamination in their talcum powder. Further, all these studies illustrated a significant connection between the contaminated products and the development of ovarian cancer, due to the carcinogen.

Many women use baby powder as a staple in their feminine hygiene practices. When doing so, they may have been inadvertently exposing themselves to the deadly contaminant. When applied, the talcum powder can travel into the ovaries via the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes. Unfortunately, the human body is unable to expel substances such as talc (the clay mineral comprising talcum powder), so it remains in the body and eventually initiates the development of cancerous tumors.
Studies have shown that such exposure to talcum powder can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 20-90%. Another study found that this risk is increased by 92%. The substance is listed as a “risk factor” by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. Yet, ovarian cancer is not the only type of cancer that can be caused by extended use of contaminated Johnson & Johnson products. Others include:
  • Borderline mucinous tumors
  • Borderline serous tumors
  • Mesothelioma
  • Fallopian tube cancer
If you have been using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for an extended period and came to develop cancer, you may be eligible to file a claim against them and receive compensation for your condition.

Hold Johnson & Johnson Accountable for Your Condition

Johnson & Johnson products are a staple in households all across the nation. Millions of people use this company’s baby powder and shower-to-shower items each day, many of them unaware of the dangers imposed by them. You may have been in the same position for decades, given that the corporation has known about the contamination since the ‘80s. If this is the case, you have the legal grounds to file a claim against them if you meet the following conditions:
  • You have continuously used Johnson & Johnson products that contain talcum powder for at least 4 years.
  • In 2009 or later, you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, endometrioid ovarian cancer, or ovarian cancer.
  • You were using talcum powder before menopause.
If you qualify for legal action according to these criteria, contact a product liability lawyer as soon as possible. Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have been successful time and again due to the overwhelming amount of evidence against the corporation, yet, companies like this are notoriously challenging to hold accountable. Having an experienced product liability lawyer by your side will significantly improve your chances of earning the compensation you need to treat your conditions and return to life as normal. Get in touch with a lawyer today to start your case.
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