Mesothelioma, an aggressive type of lung cancer, has been linked to Cashmere Bouquet and other cosmetic products that contained talcum powder tainted with asbestos, a known carcinogen.
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Woman Wins $13 Million for Talc Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit
In April 2015, a jury in Los Angeles awarded nearly $13 million to a 73 year-old woman named Judith Winkel who developed mesothelioma nearly 40 years after using Cashmere Bouquet, a feminine hygiene product that allegedly contained talcum powder contaminated with asbestos. Lawyers said Colgate-Palmolive used talc from mines that were contaminated with asbestos until 1985. She said every time she used the product, it created “a little cloud, like a dust cloud,” which she inhaled.
What is the problem?
Talc is an extremely soft mineral that has been used in cosmetic products for decades to absorb moisture and prevent caking. Talc, like asbestos, is a silicate but has a different crystal structure. In its natural form, talc deposits are often located near sources of asbestos. Before the 1970s, many popular consumer talc products also contained small amounts of asbestos.
How Does Asbestos in Talcum Powder Cause Mesothelioma?
Under a microscope, asbestos looks like needle-like splinters or a bundle of fibers. Unfortunately, breathing these microscopic fibers is extremely irritating to delicate tissues in the lungs and throat. They may cause scar tissue (asbestosis), penetrate into the lining of the lungs, and eventually cause lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Study Links Mesothelioma and Cosmetic Talc Powder
Mesothelioma was associated with a cosmetic product containing asbestos-tainted talc in a study published by the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health in October 2014.
Researchers examined tissue samples from a woman who died of mesothelioma and recovered microscopic fibers of asbestos. Then, they traced these fibers to an asbestos-contaminated talc mine. They concluded:
“The inhalation of talc may cause lung fibrosis in the form of granulomatose nodules called talcosis. Exposure to talc has also been suggested as a causative factor in the development of ovarian carcinomas, gynecological tumors, and mesothelioma.”
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive type of cancer that grows in the pleura, which is the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers the lungs.
It takes 20-50 years to develop mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos. Unfortunately, even exposure to small amounts of asbestos can increase the risk of mesothelioma. Every year, about 3,300 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma. About 70% of cases occur in people who were exposed to asbestos on the job.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Painful breathing
- Chest wall pain
- Excess fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion)
- Excess sweating
- Unexplained weight-loss
- Loss of appetite
- Heart murmur
- And more
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