If you’ve watched the news recently or taken a look at your social media feed, chances are that you’ve seen at least one commercial or ad regarding the dangers of talcum powder. Despite the fact that it has been proven to be unhealthy, the powder is still wildly popular.
Why is this the case? Perhaps it’s a strong belief in the safety of a historically highly-used product or a lack of knowledge of its dangers. In some cases, people may simply believe that it is only other people or the unlucky ones who suffer the adverse effects of talcum powder. Knowing the facts about talcum powder can help you make the important decision to either continue or cease use of the product. Here’s what is known so far.
Talc is a mineral composed of elements like oxygen, magnesium and silicon. It is the main ingredient in talcum powder. It has the ability to absorb moisture and reduce friction. This ability makes talcum powder popular to use in infants’ diapers and for women as a personal hygiene product. Talcum powder is also used in a variety of other products.
Talc may contain asbestos in its natural form, but it has been asbestos free as far as home-use is concerned for the last four decades. The current concern is that there is a link between the use of talcum powder and the development of cancer.
It is widely known that inhaling anything containing asbestos can be dangerous for the lungs. What isn’t as widely known is the link between talcum powder and other types of cancers. Studies in the lab and in people have been conducted, but neither have been entirely conclusive.
Studies in lab settings have shown that tumor formation may be related to the regular use of talcum powder. However, these studies have also resulted in no tumors being formed at all. Studies in people have been largely the same, showing non-conclusive results.
In some studies, it was discovered that there is a small increase in the likelihood of ovarian cancer in women who have used talcum powder on a daily basis and applied the powder to their genital area. Other studies have found that there is no increased risk in using talcum powder. Because it is such an important area to be studied, the research continues. Scientists want to know for certain if a woman has an increased likelihood to develop ovarian cancer, if she regularly used talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product.
Research studies have also been conducted with regards to the use of talcum powder and lung cancer, with much of the same mixed results. In some studies, it has been suggested people who have mined talc have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. However, no evidence exists thus far that suggests people, who have used talcum powder and products containing it, stand a greater chance of developing the cancer.
It’s all well and good to talk about research studies, but those studies haven’t been conclusive. As with anything, we can expect information to develop over time. What do we do until then? According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC):
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently says that there is no physical or chemical danger for the use of talc, but you should not inhale it. Despite what these two agencies have said, oversight is limited. The FDA does not require cosmetic or body care products to be scrutinized. They must only be safe when used as directed and properly labeled.
To the general consumer, this means that it is up to them to determine if they feel safe using talcum powder. So far, there has been at least some link between its use and the development of ovarian cancer. Whether or not that link is enough to make you shy away from using the product is something you need to decide for yourself. There are several products on the market today that perform in the same way, but they are made from more natural products not known or believed to have any adverse effects.
If you believe that you have developed ovarian cancer as the result of the regular use of talcum powder, call our Fort Lauderdale office. Our team of class action lawyers is here to assist you. We will speak with you at no cost to help you determine whether or not you have the elements necessary for a successful lawsuit, and we will help you take the next necessary steps.
Call today at (800) 916-8108 to schedule your consultation, and learn more about how we can help you. You do not have to go through this alone, and you do not have to be placed in financial distress through no fault of your own.