Most cases involving asbestos and mesothelioma have focused on manual laborers. However, the evidence is building that asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, more commonly known by the brand name Baby Powder, is causing serious illnesses among a different set of people.
Seventy-five people, including 64 women, diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, were the subject of a recent study appearing in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. The test subjects’ only exposure to asbestos came from contaminated talcum powder. The results of the study have upended the traditional view of people who are most likely to suffer from asbestos exposure.
No longer confined to an occupational disease
Male, blue-collar workers make up most mesothelioma cases. However, there has been an increase in mesothelioma cases among women. More evidence is pointing to contaminated talcum powder to help explain why.
Why talcum powder?
When you think of asbestos, you probably think of its use in a variety of building materials. However, asbestos is not a human-made product. It is a naturally occurring mineral, just like talc. Talc deposits and asbestos deposits often occur nearby one another, which helps explain how talcum powder may become contaminated.
The debate goes on
The link between asbestos and mesothelioma is well established. Whether the amount of asbestos found in talcum powder is enough to cause mesothelioma is still under debate. However, increasing medical evidence suggests a strong link.
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, or if you have a had loved one who has been diagnosed, you should discuss your options with a skilled professional. It may be possible to seek accountability from companies who have let dangerous products into the marketplace.