Within the last few decades, multiple scientific studies have enabled us to directly link the formation of certain cancers and chronic conditions to talcum powder exposure. Because these risks have been scientifically proven, lawsuits are being filed due to accusations that the companies that produce talcum powder products have been negligent in informing consumers. Claims have been made that these companies were fully aware of the risks associated with their products yet did not take preventive measures.
In recent years, talcum powder has been a hot topic of discussion for both legal and medical professionals. This is due to a potential link between talcum powder usage and severe medical conditions such as cancer. But what is talcum powder? Should we avoid using it? Let’s discuss this below.
Over the past century, the hazards of asbestos exposure have finally begun to reveal themselves as scientific advancements are made. But, how could we have known that this wildly abundant and, for all appearances, useful mineral would be the catalyst that would throw multitudes of industries to their feet and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths? Of course, we couldn’t have, especially since it can take anywhere from 15 to 50 years after initial asbestos exposure for an individual to show signs of asbestos-related illness.
Throughout history, the mining profession has been vital to the growth and development of our country. Most of the products you use today—your computer, your phone, doorknobs, light bulbs, forks, spoons, the zipper on your blue jeans—could never have been produced without the labor of miners. After all, without someone to gather and supply the resources necessary to create these items, there would be no items.
In the days of playing with liquid mercury and drinking from lead-piped water lines, we knew little about how exposure to certain things could lead to future health issues. Asbestos is one such material. As a result of extensive studies, asbestos exposure has been linked to the development of several lung cancers, including non-small cell lung cancer. Let’s discuss what non-small cell lung cancer is and how asbestos is related to its development.
For many in the construction or maintenance industries, asbestos poses a large and potentially lethal risk. Asbestos is a harmful substance found in many insulation materials. When inhaled, asbestos can cause severe breathing issues as well as various kinds of cancer.
In 2018, Bayer acquired Monsanto, the company behind the world's most popular weed killer- Roundup. Bayer was already a chemical and pharmaceutical giant, but their company portfolio expanded with Monsanto's Roundup. This popular weed killer had already become a household name and was being used liberally throughout the United States and globally. With the acquisition, Bayer took over manufacturing and distributing Roundup.
For decades, Monsanto's—now Bayer's—Roundup has been connected to cases of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and other illnesses. Thousands of health diagnoses have been linked to Roundup, especially in recent years. This popular weed killer has a key ingredient in it called glyphosate, a toxic substance and "probable human carcinogen," according to the WHO and IARC. When combined with certain inert ingredients, glyphosate's toxicity is amplified. Such is the case with Roundup. As a result, it's quickly becoming one of the most toxic popular weed killers.
If you've ever used the popular weed-killer, Roundup and started coughing while you were using it, you may have begun to wonder about its safety. You aren't alone! Many others wondered the same thing and have gone so far as to have their health checked as a result. Unfortunately, the reality is that many have suffered deadly illnesses that are believed to have been caused by Roundup.
Facing over 21,800 lawsuits over its talc-based products, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is under fire. Many of these lawsuits claim that Johnson & Johnson was aware for decades that their talc powders contained carcinogenic asbestos. This exposure then put people at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. Their baby powder, in particular, has been claimed by thousands to have caused ovarian cancer.