It is probably going to be hard for a lot of people to grasp that a consumer product that has been considered so safe that is used on babies can actually cause serious health problems. But that is exactly what has been recently established in the annals of science and law.
In fairness, the health effects of talcum powder have been suspected for more than forty years, and the first study suggesting a link between its genital use and ovarian cancer was published as far back as 1971. Talcum powder manufacturers–primarily Johnson & Johnson (J&J) which came out with its iconic Johnson’s baby powder in 1893–stated that there was insufficient evidence to establish a link between the product and the disease. Other studies followed, some investigating the relationship between talcum powder use and lung cancer and various pulmonary disorders, others looking at genital use the same way as the 1971 study. It soon became evident that talc was in a fair way of going the way of asbestos as an insidious purveyor of death.
Talcum powder is produced from drying and milling hydrous magnesium silicate, the softest known mineral on the planet. It is often found in or around asbestos ore deposits and prior to 1970 when it became a big no-no in the consumer market because it caused health problems, talcum powder may have contained asbestos. Today, asbestos is meticulously removed from commercial-grade talc. However, the problem is not with asbestos but with the talc itself, which when reduced to the fine powder we associate with baby powder is persistent in tissue. Talc particles that make its way to the lungs through inhalation takes up to 8 years to dissolve.
The health effects of talcum powder as indicated in numerous studies have also been established in law. In 2013, a South Dakota jury found for the plaintiff ovarian cancer victim Deane Berg in a talcum powder lawsuit against J&J, confirming the claim that J&J was negligent for not including the potential risk of ovarian cancer with genital use of talcum powder in its labels. If you believe that you are in the same boat as Berg, you need to take control of the situation. Consult with a proactive talcum powder lawyer as soon as possible to file your case.