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Talc and Other Dangerous Personal Care Products

Written by Ankin Law Office

The cosmetic and personal hygiene industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The United States cosmetic industry alone is the largest in the world, with total revenue in excess of $54 billion.

Unfortunately, not all cosmetic and personal care products are safe for use and some are even linked to serious medical conditions – yet they remain on store shelves. Some of the most dangerous personal care products on the market today are talc-based products. Talc is used in a number of cosmetic and personal hygiene products, such as baby powder and feminine body powders. But despite their widespread use, talc-based products have been linked to a number of serious, and potentially deadly, medical conditions.

In fact, new evidence suggests that using talc-based body products in the genital area can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 24 percent and testimony given a recent lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson suggests that talc powder may be responsible for as many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year.

The potential dangers of talc date back a number of years. In 2003, an analysis of data from 16 studies showed a 30% increase in ovarian risk among talc users and, in 2008, researchers found that using talcum powder just once a week increased a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer of cancer by 36% and that women using talcum powder daily were at a 40% increased risk.

Talc isn’t the only dangerous cosmetic and personal care product that continues to line stores shelves, however. Other dangerous personal care products include:

  • Parabens, which have properties similar to estrogen and are used in several skincare products and cosmetics as a chemical preservative, have been linked with breast cancer in some studies. For instance, a 2004 study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology looked at 20 breast-tumor biopsy samples and found “measurable concentrations” of six different parabens that were unaltered by the body’s metabolism. Another study, published by the European Journal of Cancer Prevention in 2003, found that the “frequency and earlier onset of antiperspirant/deodorant usage with underarm shaving were associated with an earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis.”
  • Propylene glycol – which is also known as 1,2-dihydroxypropane, 1,2-propanediol, methyl glycol, and trimethyl glycol – is a colorless, odorless liquid that is used in several conventional personal-care products, such as massage oils and deodorants, as a penetration-enhancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, large amounts of propylene glycol on the skin can lead to skin irritation, inflammation, rashes, and breathing problems.
  • Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil used in baby lotions, cold creams, and ointments. Not only has mineral oil been linked to skin problems, such as clogged pores and acne, but untreated and mildly treated mineral oils are also listed as known carcinogens in the National Toxicology Program’s 2011 Report on Carcinogens.

The Chicago talcum powder attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are now accepting cases for possible talc liability lawsuits. We are committed to protecting the victims of unsafe consumer products, including talc-based products. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and product liability lawsuits, including class actions lawsuits based on unsafe consumer products. Moreover, we take cases on a contingency fee basis so you don’t pay unless you win.

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used talc-based hygiene products, contact the skilled Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to discuss a possible talcum powder lawsuit.