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Does Talc Cause Cancer?

To help answer questions currently circulating about a possible connection between talc and ovarian cancer, our firm, Wallace & Graham, has published a SlideShare presentation for our white paper entitled, "Beyond The Headlines: What Do The Talcum Powder Cases Really Say?"

What you need to know: asbestos, talc and cancer

Asbestos, talc and ovarian cancer have been in the news recently, with the awarding of $417 million in damages in a lawsuit tying ovarian cancer to talcum powder. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay the millions to an East Los Angeles medical receptionist who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson's Baby Powder for decades. (Though a judge has since overturned the record verdict, citing an error in law and jury misconduct.)

Johnson & Johnson facing lawsuits related to talcum powder

For decades, talcum powder, often sold as the product named "baby powder," has experienced popularity as a product to dry babies' bottoms in diapers. It has also been used by countless women for feminine hygiene. Women have applied this powder inside their undergarments or directly on their genitals for generations, believing the product to be safe for such applications.

Asbestos management: federal requirements for schools


Both public and non-profit private schools in North Carolina must comply with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AEHRA), an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) law which sets forth regulations designed to protect students and staff from developing a potentially fatal asbestos-related disease. Charter schools and schools affiliated with religious institutions must also adhere to these regulations as well as any relevant state laws.

Can a one-time exposure to asbestos cause illness?


Asbestos is a naturally-occurring substance that was used in many U.S. products including tiles, insulation, automotive products, talcum powder and potting soil. It is now strictly regulated because of its causal link to diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Asbestos-related illnesses typically take many years to develop, therefore people exposed decades ago are just now being diagnosed and coming forward with wrongful death claims.

Wildfires prompt asbestos exposure concerns


The recent California wildfires have swept through the state, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres. The Thomas Fire was one of the largest in California history and covered about 238,500 acres. These large-scale wildfires are not limited to California. North Carolina has already had over 100 wildfires this month. Those living through these fires should be aware that these wildfires have an asbestos exposure risk.

Case of alleged unsafe asbestos removal at high school settled


An asbestos abatement company has lost its license after being sued by the Attorney General's Office last year. The company was contracted to perform a $65 million renovation project at a Massachusetts high school and is accused of illegally conducting demolition and renovation. Unable to pay the civil penalties it incurred, the company forfeited its license to perform asbestos abatement work. Also named in the lawsuit for failure to adequately supervise the work was a construction company and two subcontractors that were hired to monitor the asbestos removal.

OSHA workplace asbestos regulations


For years, in North Carolina and throughout the country, asbestos was used in many products, such as tiles, insulation, automotive parts and consumer products. It is now widely known that regular asbestos exposure may result in a fatal asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma. Therefore, asbestos use is highly regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Off-roading may lead to asbestos exposure


According to a recent study, North Carolinians, like the rest of the country, using off-road vehicles (ORVs), such as all-terrain vehicles, four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road motorcycles, may be exposed to naturally occurring asbestos fibers. When driving these ORVs, dust is often kicked-up which can put drivers at risk of asbestos exposure.

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