Talcum Powder and Lung Cancer
A question has been in the news: “Does talcum powder really cause cancer?” In the case of ovarian cancer, scientific research has found that there is a connection. Studies and findings published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Journal of Epidemiology, among others, have found that talcum powder is linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Whether talcum powder causes lung cancer is a question that has not been answered conclusively.
If you or your loved one has developed an illness you suspect was caused by talc-containing products, your best course of action is to speak with a knowledgeable talcum powder lung cancer attorney to find out if you have an injury claim. At Farah & Farah, we have dedicated our practice to injury cases, including product liability claims. We are currently investigating cases of talcum powder injuries nationwide.
Can Talcum Powder Cause Lung Cancer?
Talcum powder is composed of finely crushed talc. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), cosmetic grade talc, although containing no asbestos, is a form of magnesium silicate, which can be carcinogenic and toxic.
The American Cancer Society reports that some studies have shown an increased risk of lung cancer for miners and millers of talc, while other studies have found no such risk. These studies have been complicated by various factors, such as asbestos and other minerals contained in talc in its natural form and the miners’ exposure to radon and other substances that may increase the risk of cancer.
In its natural form, talc contains asbestos. According to Cancer Council NSW, talc that contains asbestos can cause cancer when inhaled, but the risk is mainly to employees in industries involving exposure over a long period of time to natural talc fibers.
Cosmetic grade talc, as found in talcum powder, is reported to be free of asbestos. However, standard tests to detect asbestos are outdated and not sensitive and rigorous enough to catch low levels of asbestos that may be hazardous to consumers. Asbestos from contaminated talc was found in children’s toy fingerprint kits and crayon sets as recently as 2015.
Talcum Powder Injury Lawsuits
Several lawsuits for talcum powder injury have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, the well-known manufacturer of Shower to Shower and Johnson’s Baby Powder, both of which contain talcum powder. Damages amounting to $127 million have already been awarded in two cases involving women who developed ovarian cancer after long-term genital use of J & J talcum powder products.
As reported in an article on Bloomberg, Johnson & Johnson is facing approximately 1,200 similar lawsuits. In one case against Johnson & Johnson, the family of a woman who used J & J talcum powder and died from ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
If you have suffered talcum powder injuries, or lost a loved one to an illness you suspect was caused by talcum powder use, it is in your best interests to consult with a talcum powder side effect lawyer right away. Our legal practice at Farah & Farah is devoted to representing people who have been injured through the negligence of others, and we are zealous advocates for our clients. Contact us for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.