Talcum Powder and Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a deadly and aggressive lung cancer with one known cause – asbestos exposure. Most mesothelioma victims were exposed to asbestos in the workplace. For many years, asbestos was one of the most commonly used materials in industries such as construction, manufacturing, plumbing, or shipbuilding. Family members were also exposed when workers unknowingly carried asbestos fibers home on skin and clothing. However, in a recent lawsuit, the jury found that one woman with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos through her talcum powder.
A California woman sued Colgate-Palmolive and won $12.4 million in damages when the jury determined that she developed mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos in her talcum powder, “Cashmere Bouquet.” The plaintiff, a 73-year-old woman, had used this talcum powder from 1961 to 1976. Federal law prohibiting asbestos in commercial talc products was not enacted until 1973.
If you have developed mesothelioma after talcum powder use, our talcum powder mesothelioma lawyers at Farah & Farah are prepared to evaluate your claim. We are currently investigating talcum powder-related injury cases nationwide. Talcum powder asbestos exposure is a serious legal matter, and a legal action must be initiated as soon as possible if you hope to recover compensation for your damages. Our product liability lawyers are dedicated and determined legal advocates.
How Can Talcum Powder Cause Mesothelioma?
Talc and asbestos are both naturally occurring minerals, often found in the same regions. Even though cosmetic grade talc is required to be asbestos free under federal regulations, talc can potentially become contaminated. Talcum powder products such as “Cashmere Bouquet” were being manufactured before the regulations concerning asbestos-free cosmetic talc went into effect.
With even low levels of asbestos in cosmetic products, there is a high likelihood of inhaling asbestos fibers. Women typically apply talcum powder and talc-containing cosmetics in small bathrooms with little ventilation, which results in a higher concentration of airborne fibers.
Asbestos Found in 50 Samples of One Brand of Talcum Powder
In a study published by NIH, laboratory analysis was performed in 3 different labs on 50 different samples of a particular brand of talcum powder from 50 different containers of different sizes and colors produced over a span of 50 years. All 50 samples were found to contain asbestos.
A woman who developed and died from mesothelioma had testified to only ever having used a specific brand of talcum powder. Her lung and lymph node tissues were analyzed for the presence of talc and asbestos. Asbestos fibers consistent with the fibers found in the product samples were also found in the deceased woman’s tissue samples.
Contact a Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Attorney at (800) 533-3555
Asbestos exposure through talcum powder can lead to mesothelioma. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with this disease and you suspect your talcum powder as the source of exposure, get in touch with Farah & Farah right away. Our talcum powder injury lawyers can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.