Talcum Powder Health Risks

by Keith Adkins

Talc is a natural substance used in the manufacture of more than 44,200 cosmetic and medical products sold in the United States today. Unfortunately, asbestos—a toxic substance that is also found in the Earth—naturally occurs in talc mines. Although the asbestos is typically removed before making it to market, it can taint talcum powder if it is not properly harvested and quality control standards aren’t met.

Exposure to the asbestos found in talcum powders can lead to numerous health conditions. Mesothelioma is well known to be associated with exposure to asbestos, but a link has also been established between the regular use of talcum powder in the genital area and the development of ovarian cancer.

Many women who developed the disease after using products containing talc have gone on to file talc ovarian cancer lawsuits against the manufacturers of the products that harmed them; however, despite these suits and evidence from scientific journals that show the link between talc use and ovarian cancer, there are very few laws in place to protect consumers from these risks.

An article from Cold Truth explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has very few regulations in place to protect consumers from contaminated talcum powders. Furthermore, the agency has paid very little attention to the allegations regarding talcum powders and ovarian cancer cases.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we recognize the struggles victims of defective products face in their battles for justice and our Oklahoma defective product lawyers are hopeful the suits that have been filed in connection to talcum powders will result in justice for those who have been harmed.