Talcum Powder Claim
Scientists believe there’s a link between the use of talcum powder, over a significant period of time, and various types of cancer. We’re therefore currently pursuing a talcum powder claim against manufacturers of mineral-based talcum powder products.
Following several claims in the US, we’re now pursuing a group litigation claim in the United Kingdom, seeking justice for UK consumers.
Why are we pursuing the talcum powder claim?
When pharmaceutical companies or manufacturers have been negligent, and caused harm to consumers, this may lead to a claim being made against them.
It’s believed that some manufacturers failed to ensure that its talcum powder products were free from asbestos. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious, and sometimes fatal, illnesses such as asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, and ovarian cancer. In addition, we believe they failed to tell UK consumers about the risks of using their talc products.
We believe that a large number of people have been harmed by their significant use of talcum powder products, and that manufacturers should be held accountable. We’re therefore launching a group litigation claim on behalf of those affected, to seek justice on their behalf. Read our talc claim FAQs for more information about the claim.
What's happened since US talc claim?
In 2018, Mark Lanier secured a $4.69 billion verdict relating to the sale of talcum powder products in the United States. This was the first legal claim which linked baby powder, asbestos, and ovarian cancer.
Two years later, one of the manufacturers announced that it would cease the sale of talcum powder products in the United States and Canada. However, it’s taken a further two years for them to announce that they will also cease the sale of mineral-based talcum powder products in the United Kingdom.
For decades, asbestos has been present in talcum powder products sold for personal hygiene use. So, unfortunately for many UK consumers, this announcement comes too late.
This is why we’re seeking a group litigation talcum powder claim. To hold them to account, and seek justice for our clients.
What type of illnesses can be caused by talc products?
There are a number of illnesses which scientists believe can be caused by the significant use of talc products.
Mesothelioma is an asbestos related cancer. It’s caused by inhaling asbestos dust, which damages the cells of the ‘pleura’, which is the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall. Over time, the damage caused can change and create cancerous cells.
It can take quite a long time for mesothelioma to develop following exposure to asbestos dust. On average, it takes 40 years for mesothelioma to develop following exposure, although symptoms can sometimes begin after approximately 10 years.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for mesothelioma. However, there are treatments that can help slow the process.
Ovarian cancer is a cancer of the ovaries. Cancerous cells form in the ovaries and grow quickly, destroying healthy body tissue and eventually forming a tumour. You can only develop ovarian cancer if you have ovaries. It can be found in people of any age but, in the majority, it affects those over 50 years of age.
There are numerous causes of ovarian cancer, including an inherited faulty gene. But it’s believed that a significant use of talcum powder can also cause ovarian cancer.
You can recover from ovarian cancer with treatment, such as surgery and chemotherapy. The treatment available for ovarian cancer depends on your state of health, whether the cancer has spread and the size and type of ovarian cancer you have.
Fallopian Tube Cancer
Fallopian tube cancer, or serous fallopian tube carcinoma, is similar to ovarian cancer. The cancerous cells start in the fallopian tube which is attached to the ovaries and, like ovarian cancer, can grow quickly until eventually forming a tumour.
Fallopian tube cancer is a quite rate form of gynaecological cancer. However, it’s more likely that those who have a BRCA gene mutation may develop it.
You can effectively treat fallopian tube cancer, but can be more difficult to cure than other types of cancer.
Peritoneal cancer, or primary peritoneal serous carcinoma, is a rare form of cancer that forms in a thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen. Again, this cancer is very similar to ovarian cancer, but it can also affect men. However, this is quite rare.
Although the causes of peritoneal cancer are unknown, we believe those who’ve used talcum powder products significantly, may be affected.
Peritoneal cancer is treated in the same way ovarian cancer, as the lining of the abdomen and the surface of the ovaries are from the same tissue.
Why should you join the talcum powder claim?
Some manufacturers failed to ensure that the talcum powder on sale in the UK was free from asbestos. Additionally, they failed to tell UK consumers about these risks.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer or peritoneal cancer, and have used talcum powder products over a period of time, you have the right to seek justice and compensation.
Many law firms avoid pharmaceutical cases as they can be complex, and need a vast amount of expertise. We have that expertise. We have extensive experience in successfully representing consumers in group litigation claims against large corporations and achieving justice for our clients. Our lawyers have also secured millions of pounds in compensation for consumers who’ve been wronged.
We’re offering clients who join the talcum powder claim to pursue justice under a No Win No Fee Agreement. This means if the case is unsuccessful, we won’t charge you any fees.
Simply visit My Talc Claim to join the claim.