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Frequently asked questions about asbestos in baby powder


Over the past few years, thousands of people have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Johnson's Baby Powder. Many regular users of the baby powder have developed ovarian cancer and other types of cancer.

Here, we answer some common questions about asbestos in baby powder:

How does asbestos get in baby powder?

It seems unlikely that a seemingly harmless product like talcum powder would contain a dangerous substance like asbestos. But the truth lies in how talc is mined.

In nature, talc and asbestos are often found close together. When talc is mined, it is possible for the talc to be contaminated with asbestos. Ultimately, small amounts of asbestos can be present in baby powder that is sold in stores.

Did Johnson & Johnson know that its talcum powder contained asbestos?

As we discussed in this previous blog post, Johnson & Johnson allegedly knew that their product, Johnson's Baby Powder, contained asbestos. In the 1970s, the company hid testing that showed asbestos to be present in its baby powder. Yet it continued to market and sell the product.

What are the risks of long-term talcum powder application to the body?

For decades, people have made a daily practice of applying talcum powder to the body. This has been a popular choice because of the silky, absorbent qualities of talcum powder.

According to the American Cancer Society, women who regularly applied talcum powder to their genitals have an increased chance of developing ovarian cancer.

Individuals who regularly used talcum powder may also be at risk for developing mesothelioma.

Additionally, some studies have shown that talc miners may be at an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

When talcum powder use causes cancer, do those diagnosed have legal options?

Individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have legal options. It is advisable to work with an experienced attorney who can help the victim identify the source of exposure and seek compensation to cover all expenses related to the diagnosis.

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