Baby Talcum PowderUnless you work in construction, you probably believe that you are perfectly safe from asbestos contamination these days. However, the danger of asbestos exposure continues to be real for everyday Americans. According to recent research, for example, asbestos is still present in many consumer items, even some types of talcum powder, baby powder and makeup.

A recent study discovered that one brand of talcum powder contained sufficient levels of asbestos to cause lung cancer. Unfortunately, the federal government is not doing its job to keep this dangerous substance out of our consumer products and sometimes asbestos-contaminated items pass right under the noses of regulators and directly into the vulnerable noses and lungs of unsuspecting consumers.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that appears naturally in specific kinds of soil and rock formations. It was used in many different consumer products during the 20th century, but it was later linked to a deadly lung cancer called mesothelioma and other types of lung diseases. The disease risks associated with asbestos exposure were not identified until the 1960s, but in the 1970s, the federal government instituted a series of consumer protection bans to prevent consumers and workers from contracting deadly asbestos-related infirmities.

Why Would Asbestos Be in My Talcum Powder?

Talc is a mineral used in a variety of products, like makeup, baby powder and talcum powder. Talc is mined just like asbestos; even though talc does not always contain asbestos, asbestos can appear naturally in talc pulled from asbestos-contaminated talc mines. This fact caused certain scientists to question whether some consumer talc products might contain dangerous levels of asbestos. They wondered if that asbestos contamination could lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-caused diseases.

In their investigations, the researchers tracked down at least one case where a woman -- who had used an asbestos-contaminated talcum powder for years -- eventually died from lung cancer. Specifically, the woman died from mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The researchers further tested the use of asbestos-contaminated talcum powders in controlled laboratory settings to determine that the use of these products (especially in closed spaces like bathrooms) resulted in elevated amounts of inhalable asbestos.

Have You Been Hurt By an Asbestos-Contaminated Product?

It is horrifying to know that dangerous levels of asbestos can be found in baby powders, cosmetics and everyday talcum powders. If you or your loved one have mysteriously contracted lung disease, mesothelioma, cancer or some other asbestos-related illness after using a product that contains talc, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in asbestos-related talcum powder exposure claims.