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Following Talc Lawsuits, A Closer Look at the Mineral

At some point in your life, whether you realized it or not, you’ve probably used talc. You might have powdered your infant’s bottom after a diaper change with baby powder or applied concealer when doing your makeup. The cosmetics industry has encouraged women for decades to use talcum powder after showering. Unfortunately, many people don’t know of the risks associated with using talc in that manner. And why would they? Johnson and Johnson refuses to label their powders with warnings that the product could cause ovarian cancer. Recent lawsuits may eventually change that, but for now, millions of consumers are using a dangerous product with no knowledge of the risks. The reality is that most of us know very little about talc.

Talc is the softest mineral on the planet. It’s found in the ground and is often interlaced with asbestos, another potentially deadly mineral. When inhaled, asbestos can scar the lungs and cause fatal diseases. Both substances can be found in paint, crayons, cosmetics and other household products. The Food and Drug Administration requires that only the purest grade talc is used in food and cosmetic products, and manufacturers stand by claims that their products are safe.

Experts say, however, the test used to determine the grade of talc used in products is outdated and often inaccurate. And these tests are also often not utilized in products manufactured in places like China and Pakistan. Without rigorous testing, it’s easy for talc and asbestos to slip into commonly used products. Lotion, olive oils, chewing gum and paper all use talc during the manufacturing process.

Talcum Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Talcum powder use around the vaginal area has been linked to ovarian cancer. Some studies suggest women who use talc-based baby or body powders in this area are significantly more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not. If you’ve used these talc-based powders and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact us to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.