Manufacturers and consumers alike are paying closer attention to the debate over talcum powder’s risks.
What is talcum powder?
Talcum powder is a substance used in a wide variety of products, from makeup to food. It contains talc, which can contain asbestos in its natural form. Products in the U.S. are supposed to contain asbestos-free talcum powder, but health risks might still be present if used in certain circumstances.
Why are people concerned about health risks for talcum powder?
The concern stems from possible connection between the use of talcum powders and ovarian cancer. Tests showing a correlation between the two have had mixed results, though a series of lawsuits have been filed against companies that fail to notify consumers over the potential risk of ovarian cancer from using talcum powders.
How great is the cancer risk for those using talcum powder or products containing talcum powder?
It is not entirely clear to researchers how strong the link between talcum powders and ovarian cancer might be for users of these substances. If you use products that contain talcum in your genital area, you should exercise caution and understand the risks before continuing to do so.
Should I avoid products with talcum powder?
Consumers are becoming increasingly uneasy about using products containing talcum powder. At the very least, you should be aware of health risks and be discerning about the manner in which you use these products.
What should I do if I have health problems that I believe to be related to talcum powder?
Seek immediate medical attention if you believe that you might be suffering from a condition caused by talcum powder. Ovarian cancer can show very few symptoms, especially in its early stages. The earlier you can detect this type of cancer, the better the chances for successful treatment.
What are common signs of ovarian cancer?
Unfortunately, there can be very few signs of early-stage ovarian cancer. Later stages might be detected by loss of appetite, weight loss, frequent urination, frequent bowel movements and pain in the pelvic area.
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What should I do if I suspect that talcum powders contributed to my condition?
The most important step is consulting a doctor as soon as possible. If you believe that you have a condition caused by products containing talcum powders, you might be able to pursue legal action against the manufacturers of these products. To get a legal evaluation of your case, contact the attorneys of Pogust Millrood for a consultation.