What Is Talcum Powder?
Talc is a type of mineral that is mined in various locations around the world. It is composed of three elements: magnesium, oxygen and silicon. Talc has the distinction of being the softest known mineral on the planet. Because it is so soft, it is easily crushed into powder called “talcum powder.”
Why Is It Dangerous?
Talc deposits are often found near asbestos deposits, and some types of talc actually contain asbestos. This is a problem because asbestos exposure is well-known for causing the cancer mesothelioma, as well as other types of diseases.
Even talc that allegedly does not contain asbestos may still be dangerous. The concern is that the mineral may eventually lead to ovarian cancer if a woman uses it in her genital areas over a long period of time. The powdered particles may travel into the woman’s body and irritate her ovaries, causing inflammation and significantly increasing her risk of cancer.
If It Can Potentially Lead To Cancer, Why Is It Still Being Used?
Many women are still using talcum powder as part of their daily hygiene routines for at least two reasons. One, it helps them feel fresh and dry. The moisture-wicking properties of talcum powder make it useful for absorbing sweat and reducing body odor.
Two, product manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson have done their best to suppress the possible link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. During recent trials, company documents have come to light showing that Johnson & Johnson undertook a deliberate campaign to discredit certain scientific studies and make it appear that their products were perfectly safe.
Learn more about what makes talcum powder dangerous, and what you can do if you’ve been injured by it. Call Wallace & Graham, P.A. in Salisbury, North Carolina, at 888-698-9975 or contact our lawyers online. Our attorneys can answer your questions and advise you of your legal options.