Because many companies put talcum powder in women’s products and aggressively sell it to them.
Connection Between Talcum Powder and Health Problems
Recent news stories have suggested that there is a link between the use of products containing talcum powder and certain medical conditions such as cancer. In fact, many people have already brought suit claiming that they suffered injuries because of the talcum powder in their purchases. Many are left to wonder why there is any risk for developing medical complications when buy and use goods with talcum powder. To understand how there might be any risk, you need to focus on the component parts of the products you are using and how you are using them.
Products Containing Talcum Powder
For most items containing talcum powder, the main element will be talc. Talc is a commonly-occurring mineral made up of hydrated magnesium silicate. Manufacturers normally take in a loose, powder form, and add other ingredients to form a by-product. Baby powder is one common product made with talc. It is essentially just talc powder with little added ingredients. The problem with the usage of talc in talcum powder, cleaning supplies, beauty supplies, or any other good is that it has been linked to several medical conditions including cancer, fever, chest pain, irritation, and others.
Connection To Asbestos
Going back to the 1970s, research and experience has suggested a link between talc (found in many talcum powder-based products) and asbestos (a prime contributor to mesothelioma). The reason for this relationship was practical-they are both commonly found side-by-side in natural reserves. So when taking one of them out of the ground, it was not uncommon to incidentally bring the other as well. Therefore, asbestos began to trickle into talc-based goods. For the last forty years, the government has put strong testing and standards in place to ensure this does not continue to happen and the FDA has failed to find any asbestos in talc-based goods in subsequent examinations. However, the fact remains that this is a constant threat because of their natural proximity. Also, it still leaves many talc-based products manufactured before this time period vulnerable to asbestos contamination.
Talcum Powder Usage
Understanding how talcum powder can present medical complications to women requires a review of how it is generally used. The properties of talcum powder make it especially effective at eliminating dampness and lessening friction so many people-especially woman- use it in and over their body. They put it over their legs to reduce chafing; they put it across their face to reduce sweating; and they put in their crevices to reduce moistness. It is even ingested into the lungs in order to stop fluid from building up. Additionally, it is often used all over the house for cleaning purposes. What this principally adds up to is that talcum powder is constantly hovering around us and actually put into our bodies. If talcum powder is responsible for the development of cancer and other medical conditions, then this would be an extraordinary problem.
Why Are Women Especially At Risk For Medical Complications Related To Talcum Powder
The foregoing paragraphs have explained how products containing talcum powder and its main ingredient talc might pose serious medical risks to everyone who uses them but why are women especially at risk? This is because many products directly marketed to women contain talcum powder or talc. This includes some of the following:
- General makeup products
- Eyelash products
- Feminine cleaning and lotion products
To find out if the items you are purchasing contain talcum powder, read the ingredients list or consult someone who can advise you of their proper makeup. In many instances, it is possible to find a substitute product without talcum powder so do not risk a medical complication if you do not have to!
Concerned That You Might be At Risk Due To Talcum Powder?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has handled many complex, medical cases. If you have been injured due to the use of talcum powder, we can make sure that you recover against the responsible party. Plus, we work on contingency so that you don’t have to pay for our services unless you’re happy with the award. Just call our offices to find out how we can help!
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