Talcum powder is a substance that is commonly used in many types of toiletries. Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that absorbs moisture well, and that’s why it is so popular to use after bathing, to prevent friction rashes and to improve the appearance of oily skin. While there is a broad range of aesthetic benefits to be had by using talcum powder, many people use it while unaware of the potential risks to their health.
Some talc is known to contain asbestos. Asbestos is a substance that is now clearly linked with the causation of cancer. When asbestos is inhaled, it can settle into the lungs or the stomach. Over time, this can cause several types of cancer. Most notably, asbestos exposure is the only known cause of the rare type of cancer, mesothelioma.
Does talcum powder cause cancer?
People who are suffering from cancer who have used talcum powder throughout their lives sometimes consider whether this may have caused or contributed to their cancer diagnosis. There have been many studies that have tried to gain a clearer picture of whether talcum powder causes cancer. One generally accepted claim is that talcum powder that is known to contain asbestos can cause cancer. However, the safety of talc that does not contain asbestos is less clear.
The possible link between ovarian cancer and talc
There have been numerous studies that have tried to find a possible link between ovarian cancer and talc use. Since talc is sometimes applied to intimate areas, it is suggested that talc traveling into the ovaries may pose a health risk.
Case-controlled studies have found a small increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who have used talc throughout their lives. However, these studies may have biases because they depend on the memories of the subjects of the study.
Can I take legal action if I have cancer?
If you have been a frequent talcum powder user and you suspect that this may have led to the cancer that you are suffering from, you should look into the possibilities of taking further action.
Taking further action may mean that you are able to gain damages. This could mean that you are able to gain the coverage of all medical costs as well as compensation for the pain and suffering caused.