Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused, almost exclusively, by asbestos exposure. As such, it has long been associated with workplace exposure, primarily in industries such as construction, mining and steel work. And it is thought of as a disease that affects older men. Although more men are diagnosed with mesothelioma than women, the gender gap is closing. Women now make up 25% of mesothelioma case and they tend to be diagnosed at a younger age than men. One of the many ways that women are exposed to asbestos is through the use of cosmetic talc, including products such as baby powder which is often used for feminine hygiene.
Talcum Powder Study
A study recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, looked at 33 patients with non-occupational mesothelioma and found that talcum powder usage was the only source of asbestos in all 33 patients. This new study only adds to the mound of evidence that products like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower are dangerous for women and can lead to cancer.
According to study author Dr. Jacqueline Moline, “The risks have been known by the cosmetic talc industry for decades.” She adds, “They should at least warn individuals that there is a potential risk, or just sell products that are actually safe.”
If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after regular use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene, contact an experienced product liability attorney and schedule your free consultation.