With every day bringing a report about a food or product causing cancer, it’s no surprise that people barely listen anymore, but word that baby powder and other talc products may cause mesothelioma or ovarian cancer has caught everybody’s attention. As lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson’s and other big-name consumer brands make their way through the court system, and more and more people are coming forward to claim that they’ve been sickened by one of America’s most trusted products, many people are starting to wonder about their own risk.
There have been concerns about Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for many years, and tens of thousands of people have mesothelioma lawsuits and ovarian cancer lawsuits pending in the courts. But the nation (and the world) sat up and started paying closer attention after a comprehensive article appeared in Reuters, detailing the science behind the claims, as well as the potential impact if in fact talcum powder used by millions of people was contaminated with asbestos. A recent article in Self magazine titled “How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?” made clear the degree to which everyday people are expressing concern.
The article, which neatly summarizes the Reuters article and the risks posed by asbestos, concludes that if the claims of asbestos contamination are true, then there is significant cause for worry, but also notes that studies have not yet conclusively demonstrated an increased risk. It points to the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating, and provides a statement from the agency that reads in part, “The FDA takes the possible presence of asbestos in cosmetics very seriously. The FDA will investigate reports related to the presence of asbestos in talcum powder and take appropriate actions to protect consumers.”
What seems clear is that if talcum powder is contaminated with asbestos, then its use could lead to mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, and therefore is not safe to use either in the vaginal area or in a way that could lead to it being inhaled. As the investigations continue, we are here to assist anybody that has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease. Contact us today for more information – we can be reached at 1-800-966-2244.