Inhaling Talcum Powder Dust Ranks With Second Hand Cigarette Smoke As A Potential Cause of Lung Cancer
Not everyone who dies of lung cancer got it from smoking cigarettes
Monday, September 13, 2021 - People shake their heads when they hear of a person that has died from or has lung cancer, and never smoked. While cancer from smoking cigarettes and cigars accounts for 90% of all lung cancer deaths, there are other ways to get the deadly disease. The Guardian, a Nigerian publication, recently added inhaling talcum powder fumes as one of the top three risks for developing the aforementioned deadly lung disease. The author ranked inhaling talcum powder dust the third most likely cause of getting lung cancer, in between smoking and inhaling second-hand smoke, and having a family history of lung cancer. If you think you may be developing the signs of lung cancer or mesothelioma you should consider making a few lifestyle changes. There are activities under your control and steps you can take to lessen your chances of developing the disease like eating a plant-based diet and moderately exercising.
People that use talcum powder should watch for the early signs of mesothelioma or lung cancer. Frequent headaches, sore throat, chest pain, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss, and persistent coughing are some of the first signs of the disease. Also, a recent lawsuit was decided in favor of a plaintiff that cited using Johnson's Baby Powder for several years, then living in the same house where her siblings used the powder every day, which caused her to develop mesothelioma. If you have used Johnson's Baby Powder, or live in a household that used it, and have been diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma, you may qualify to file a talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. More than 30,000 women are suing Johnson & Johnson alleging that using Johnson's Baby Powder regularly for the sake of feminine hygiene caused them to develop ovarian cancer. Others have filed suit claiming that using Johnson's Baby Powder after or in between showering caused them to inhale talc and asbestos and develop mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer.
More talcum powder cancer lawsuits are expected each month this year and next in state court. The next federal case is scheduled for April 2022. These bellwether cases will allow only the expert witnesses that Federal District Judge Freda Wolfson has permitted and the results are expected to cause Johnson & Johnson to implement a novel financial strategy to protect themselves from what could be tens of billions of dollars in jury award losses. Johnson & Johnson is expected to start a new corporate entity and place their talcum powder business, with all of their legal liabilities into it, to shield billions of dollars of their other revenues. A bankruptcy judge may require the talcum powder business to be sold and the assets put into a trust to pay talcum powder cancer claims. Plaintiff attorneys are angry over this possibility because it could force their clients to settle for pennies on the dollar of what they may have been awarded had their case gone to trial. Collecting money from the bankrupt company could take more time than many ovarian cancer plaintiffs have to live.