Talcum powder is still under investigation for health risks

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2019 | talcum powder

People in Louisiana already have enough questions about their health due to environmental causes. Shipyards and construction sites may still have toxic amounts of asbestos lingering from earlier decades, while chemical plants along the Mississippi River have possibly been leeching contaminants into the water for years. A new concern has been recently developing nationwide in the form of talcum powder.

Most are familiar with the powder, which as been a staple in bathroom hygiene efforts for a long time. The substance has been marketed as a safe absorbent, apparently ideal for babies and families, but it seems that it was not as safe as it seemed. Some talc contains deposits of asbestos, which has been connected with mesothelioma and other types of cancers affecting internal organs.

Talcum powder should have been free of asbestos since a white paper in 1976 set the guidelines for its production as a consumer product. However, a recent study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed commercially available talcum powder showed traces of asbestos. This exposure over time could cause ovarian cancer in women who use it as a feminine hygiene product and endanger the health of babies who are kept dry by talcum powder.

People who are concerned a diagnosis may be connected to talcum powder exposure may need the help of an attorney if they are hoping to build a case for financial damages. This assistance can be vital when patients need help with medical treatment and recovery. Legal representation may make the formation of a lawsuit more doable in difficult times.