Exposure to asbestos has been shown to cause the development of a lung disease called mesothelioma. Most people assume that the risk of asbestos exposure comes mostly from working around manufacturing processes or construction. However, asbestos was also discovered in talcum powder used in many consumer products.
Beyond Johnson & Johnson
When news hit the mainstream media that Johnson & Johnson baby powder contained talcum contaminated with asbestos, people were shocked. How could consumers have used a product for so many years on their babies, which was potentially harmful to their health?
Talcum is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined and processed for use in many products. Asbestos is a descriptive term for six naturally-occurring minerals. Asbestos minerals are found in the same areas as talcum deposits. When the talcum is mined, it may be contaminated with asbestos. Johnson & Johnson is not the only manufacturer to use talcum powder containing asbestos in their products.
Revlon’s Liability Exposure
Talcum powder is used in many products to absorb moisture and provide fine lubrication at the same time. Besides being used for baby powder, talcum is used as an ingredient in many cosmetic products such as face powders, makeup, eye shadow, creams, and deodorants.
One product made by Revlon called Jean Nate Silkening Body Powder® was cited in a lawsuit against the company for containing talcum powder contaminated with asbestos. The plaintiff, in that case, alleged this asbestos was the cause of her mesothelioma. Revlon discontinued the product that was first introduced in 1935 and used by millions of women since then.
If talcum powder is contaminated with asbestos, then the increased risk of getting cancer caused by exposure to asbestos are well known. If the contaminated talcum powder has dangerous levels of asbestos, this causes an increased risk of developing asbestos-related lung cancers such as mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.
The asbestos fibers may become airborne, and when inhaled, can damage the lungs and lead to cancer. The disease may take many years after sufficient exposure to develop in a person. Moreover, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute consider talcum powder use near the female genitals as a risk factor for ovarian cancer.
Research studies published in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer found the increased cancer risk from using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder to be from 30% to 60%. Such a cancer risk would normally require manufacturers to label their products with a warning. Manufacturers did not place such warning labels on their products, even when these risks became known to them.
In the past few years, many cases of talcum contaminated with asbestos resulted in multi-million dollar settlements or verdicts.
If You Used Revlon Talcum Powder
If you, or anyone you know, received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or another related lung disease who was a user of any of Revlon’s products that contain talcum, you may have a legal case against the company. If qualified, you can join a class action and may be entitled to compensation.
Contact an attorney at Cooney & Conway for a free evaluation of your case. Fill out this form or call 800-322-5573.