Talcum Powder Mesothelioma May Be Easier To Prove Than Ovarian Cancer
The science is rock solid that talc contains asbestos and that asbestos causes mesothelioma when inhaled
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - Men, women, barbers, beauticians, and others that have used talcum powder regularly for many years and have developed mesothelioma may have a solid case against the cosmetic manufacturer. Millions of people have used Johnson's Baby Powder after a shower to feel drier and smell nice. Applying the powder usually takes the form of squeezing or shaking the bottle onto the body, creating a cloud of seemingly harmless, sweet-smelling dust. The powder is smoothed around the body. Breathing talc fumes containing asbestos could lead to developing mesothelioma, the gradual scarring and hardening of the delicate tissues that expand and contract to facilitate normal breathing. When the microscopic tissues called alveoli are lacerated by sharp asbestos particles they bleed and heal themselves by developing inelastic scar tissue. Mesothelioma is a death sentence and those inflicted with the disease slowly suffocate to death. Thousands of people have filed Baby Powder cancer lawsuits seeking to hold the company responsible for the fraudulent warning given on each bottle. Johnson & Johnson continues to deny that Johnson's Baby Powder contains asbestos, and also denies that it causes mesothelioma although it does warn of lung problems if inhaled. What the company's lawyers had in mind when choosing the words "lung problems" would be interesting to know.
Occupational users of cosmetic talcum powder include barbers and beauticians. Barbers dust the back of the neck of their customers with a generous amount of Clubman Talcum Powder after every haircut, ten to twenty times per day. There is a lawsuit underway, delayed in the middle by the pandemic, where the plaintiff claims that his mesothelioma was caused by his occupational use of talcum powder that was contaminated with asbestos. While the science that underlies ovarian cancer lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson could be in question, there is no doubt that asbestos causes mesothelioma. There is also no doubt that talc contains asbestos, as per FDA testing. Clubman-Pinaud, like Johnson's Baby Powder, is one of the most respected brands of talc on the market. In 2016, a jury awarded 18 million dollars to a barber with mesothelioma from using the product in his barbershop. Most large companies likely knew in the early 1970s that talc could be contaminated with asbestos as both minerals occur adjacent to one another in nature, and to mine one is to mine the other. Not only does talcum powder create a cloud of talc dust when applied, the packaging that it comes in guarantees that it will become airborne and inhaled.
Besides asbestos-contaminated talc used in barbershops and beauty salons, asbestos has also found its way heavily in schools and government buildings. Those concerned with the carcinogen sought to fix the problem by covering up the asbestos that had been sprayed onto the ceiling with fiberglass drop ceilings, hoping to encapsulate the carcinogenic material. That is not always successful as asbestos fibers can travel through the air and heating ducts, and workers could still be breathing asbestos at work today.