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Talc is a mineral commonly used in many industrial, hygienic, and cosmetic products. Because of the mineral’s softness, companies including Chanel, Revlon, and Johnson & Johnson have used talc in powders and other products. However, many health experts are raising concerns that long-term talc use may contribute to the development of mesothelioma and other forms of cancer. An individual who is diagnosed with mesothelioma after using talc may be entitled to compensation.
Talc was recently linked to the development of mesothelioma due to asbestos contamination in many talc-based products. Talc and asbestos are minerals with similar compositions and often form together in the natural environment. This leads to many talc deposits becoming contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos has been identified as a carcinogenic substance by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Cancer Society (ACS).
While regulations prohibit the use of asbestos-contaminated talc, asbestos continues to be found in many consumer products. In 2018 and 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) worked with a drug testing company to identify asbestos contamination in cosmetic products.
The study found that nearly 18 percent of the samples tested positive for asbestos. Similarly, a 2019 study conducted by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) found over 30 cases where mesothelioma was thought to be caused by asbestos exposure through talc-based products.
Certain symptoms identified by the American Cancer Society can be taken as early warning signs of mesothelioma. While symptoms may vary from case to case, common mesothelioma symptoms include:
Symptoms associated with mesothelioma could result from other causes. Because of this, it is best to consult with a medical professional to evaluate the specifics of your condition.
If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma after long-term use of a talc-based product, you may be entitled to receive compensation from negligent product manufacturers. An experienced mesothelioma attorney from our firm can review your case and identify your options. To speak to a knowledgeable member of our team, contact us today.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law