More Americans are learning the dangers of talc products. They’re learning how talcum powder can cause cancer, notably mesothelioma.

Thankfully, victims are taking action.

According to a recent report, talc cancer claims are steadily increasing. There was an 11% year-to-year increase in 2019 compared to 2018, and 2020 is headed for another double-digit percent rise.

While talc mesothelioma claims are down, they still comprise the majority of talc-related cases. These numbers are evidence that brave Americans are holding talc manufacturers accountable for their misdeeds.

If you’re struggling with mesothelioma and have a history of talc product use, you can do the same — and we can help. Please reach out to our patient advocate and registered nurse, Jenna Campagna, a jenna@mesotheliomaguide.com for information about how talc causes mesothelioma. You can also ask her about your legal options and where to find medical care.

 

The History of Talc and Mesothelioma

Talc is a naturally forming mineral that often shares a neighborly relationship with asbestos in the earth’s surface. Talc is valuable due to its moisture-absorbing characteristics, making it a sensible addition to health and beauty products like baby powder and makeup.

When mined, though, it can entangle with asbestos. The process of grinding the mineral into a powder can turn stable asbestos into loose, dangerous fibers mixed into the powder.

Companies that produce and sell talc products have become the focus of mesothelioma lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson, most notably, is the defendant in thousands of talc cancer claims. The company decided to shelve the product in the United States and Canada due to an overwhelming number of legal disputes.

Other companies, such as Claire’s and Chanel, faced similar claims. Many corporations that made millions of dollars from talc products have moved to an alternative ingredient for their health and beauty items.

 

Where Talc Mesothelioma Litigation Is Headed

Talc mesothelioma claims are decreasing as talc lung cancer claims increase. However, there remain hundreds of talc mesothelioma claims each year:

  • There were approximately 350 in 2018 and 300 in 2019.
  • By comparison, talc lung cancer claims are up from around 70 in 2018 to roughly 150 in 2019.

Talc mesothelioma cases made up around 77% of all talc-related claims in 2018. This percentage dropped to roughly 60% in 2019.

In the first quarter of 2020, the rate has dropped to around 50%. Lung cancer cases comprise 34%, and an “unknown” category account for the remaining 16%.

The disparity occurs due to a shift in the type of claim. There are two variations of talc legal claims: cosmetic-only talc disputes, and a combination of traditional asbestos exposure and talc product exposure.

Since 2018, more of the claims have involved a combination of traditional asbestos exposure and talc product exposure.

“The data revealed that cosmetic-only talc filings are typically mesothelioma claims,” the report reads, “while traditional asbestos filings alleging talc exposure display a split between mesothelioma and lung cancer claims.”

Most of the cosmetic product-based talc lawsuits involved women, which points to a trend of more women as the victims of mesothelioma. The data shows that 64% of these filings involved women victims.

For claims alleging a combination of traditional asbestos exposure and talc-product exposure, the gender split goes in the opposite direction: 72% male, 28% female.

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    Talc 2020: Recent Developments in the New Decade. KCIC. Retrieved from: https://www.kcic.com/trending/feed/talc-2020-recent-developments-in-the-new-decade/. Accessed: 07/14/2020.

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About the Writer, Devin Golden

Devin Golden is the content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin's objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.

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    Devin Golden

    About the Writer, Devin Golden

    Devin Golden is the content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin's objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.