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Talcum Powder and Cancer Risks

Talcum Powder and Cancer Risks

The battle in the courtroom against Johnson & Johnson rages on. With 1,200 cases still pending, the company sees no end in sight. At the center of the controversy is the company’s use of talcum powder and did it cause a widespread development of ovarian cancer among women who used the product for feminine hygiene.

Women who have developed ovarian cancer are claiming they used Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum powder on their genitals which caused talc particles to travel through the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes and to the ovaries.

Talcum powder is made from the mineral talc, which is primarily constructed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen elements. Why do some many health and beauty products contain talcum powder? When made into a powder, talc can absorb moisture. It also can help decrease friction, keep skin dry and help prevent rashes. These properties make talc an inexpensive ingredient for numerous health and beauty products including facial and body powders for all ages.

When left in its natural form, talc can sometimes contain asbestos, which is widely known as carcinogenic to humans when inhaled. Products on the market containing talcum products have been asbestos-free in the United States since the 1970s. While asbestos-free talcum powder might be non-carcinogenic to inhale, the use on genitals is now highly speculated. Many are now concerned that women have an increased risk of ovarian cancer if the regular use of talcum powder is applied to the genital area.

Why are talcum powder products still on the market? It is because the research is still unclear. However, a Missouri jury found Johnson & Johnson guilty of negligence of knowing the risk and failure to warn consumers, with conspiracy to conceal its products health risks.

Johnson & Johnson was found guilty of violating product liability laws. These laws exist to protect consumers. If you or someone you love has developed cancer due to the use of a dangerous product you need an experienced product liability law attorneys from the downtown St. Louis’ firm of Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC. The attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth have won over $350 million for their clients. Call today for a free consultation with a product liability law attorney from St. Louis’ best law firm, Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC.


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