Talcum powder has been a staple in households across the United States for decades, but this seemingly harmless powder has been linked to cancer when it contains asbestos. Talcum powder is a mineral made up of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. As a powder, talc easily absorbs moisture and aides in keeping skin dry in order to prevent rashes.

Some talc, in its natural form, contains asbestos. Exposure to asbestos may cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. Many talc deposits are contaminated with asbestos due to their proximity to tremolite mines. Tremolite is a type of asbestos.

Some occupations that place workers at a greater risk of talcum powder exposure include talc miners, talc millers, factory workers, barbers, hairdressers and makeup artists.

Talcum powder exposure is also linked to ovarian cancer. Studies have shown that when used on a woman’s genital area, talc may travel to the uterus and ovaries and cause ovarian cancer.

Talcum powder is used in many cosmetic products, including baby powder, facial powder, and in a variety of makeup products. Talc may also be incorporated into industrial products, such as paint and joint compound (mud).

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Many regulatory agencies, including The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the world Health Organization (WHO), classifies asbestos-containing talc as “carcinogenic to humans.” Asbestos-contaminated talc is hazardous and exposure to it can be attributed to an industrial or cosmetic source.

The attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos-containing talc used in industrial products and in cosmetic products.  If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma or lung cancer as a result of exposure to talcum powder, we can help you obtain financial compensation for your injury. We urge you to contact us today regarding your legal rights.