Talcum powder has been a trusted part of the cleanliness routine in American bathrooms for decades. But recent lawsuits, including several concluded ones, are casting doubt on the safety of this mainstay in millions of households. While the legal battle rages, most people are simply curious about whether to keep using talcum powder.
Why are people concerned about talcum powder?
Talcum powder, or talc, is a common product used to fight moisture that could cause irritation or infection. It has been used extensively for baby care and feminine hygiene. The concern is that natural sources of talcum powder may have also included asbestos, a substance that has been linked to certain types of cancer after exposure.
What do experts think about asbestos in talcum powder?
There have been cases in which a jury has ruled talcum powder exposure was the manufacturer's cause for liability in a person's illness or death. One of the main legal issues at stake is that one of the nation's largest distributors of talcum powder may have known the product contained asbestos long before the matter came to public attention. Many people may have health problems related to talcum powder and not yet know it.
What should I do if I have used talcum powder?
It is wise to consult a doctor for testing the most common ailments caused by asbestos exposure. If an illness is suspected, an attorney may be able to help prove liability if it was caused by a specific product, environment or process. No one should face this risk alone.