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Lung Cancer Victim Settles With Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are facing a growing number of lawsuits for failing to warn consumers that their talc-based products are carcinogenic. Personal hygiene products containing talcum powder were a popular consumer product for much of the 20th century and continue to be used by millions of people today.

Asbestos Exposure from Talcum Powder Causing Cancer

Talcum, a clay mineral, naturally contains asbestos when mined, since talcum often runs adjacent to asbestos. Asbestos fibers cause cancer when inhaled, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Talc products containing asbestos were banned in the 1970s, but many did, and still do, contain asbestos. Workers who mine talc are also at risk for developing mesothelioma.

Settlement Reached on October 30. More Settlements Are Anticipated.

The latest settlement against Colgate-Palmolive involved a Pennsylvania woman suffering from lung cancer. She settled with the multinational conglomerate in late October for an undisclosed amount. It is one of more than 170 cases against the company for its talc products containing asbestos. To date, it has settled 43 of those cases. In 2016, Colgate-Palmolive settled a lawsuit in California with a woman who had developed mesothelioma for $13 million.

Johnson & Johnson also faces its first lung cancer claim from a woman who inhaled talcum powder while using its product as directed. Lawsuits will continue to be filed as more women become aware of the danger talcum powder poses.

Ovarian Cancer Also a Risk

Separate from the claims involving mesothelioma and lung cancer, Johnson & Johnson also faces over 5,500 lawsuits from women who developed ovarian cancer from using its talc-based feminine hygiene products. When used over time, studies have shown that talc products cause inflammation in the uterus and ovaries. This inflammation can lead to serious medical complications and ovarian cancer.

Victims Are fighting back

The growing number of lawsuits is a reflection of the number of women who are unnecessarily suffering from lung cancer, mesothelioma and ovarian cancer from using products marketed as harmless. If you have been diagnosed with cancer after using talc-based products from Johnson & Johnson or Colgate-Palmolive, speak to a law firm with knowledge of the ongoing litigation to discuss your legal options.

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