What is talcum powder cancer?


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Recently, there have been a number of people asking the same question: What is talcum powder cancer? Here, we explain what talcum powder cancer refers to and the facts behind it.

What does talcum powder cancer refer to?

Talcum powder, also known as baby powder, is a powder made from talc. Talc is a mineral composed mainly of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. There is a potential link between the use of talcum powder and certain types of cancer. Particularly, ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

The concern regarding talcum powder and cancer arises from the presence of asbestos in some natural talc deposits. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and its inhalation or ingestion can increase the risk of developing cancer, particularly lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart.

Although both ovarian cancer and mesothelioma have other causes, it’s thought that talcum powder is one cause of one of these cancers. 

Can you make a talcum powder cancer claim?

Yes. Our team of product liability solicitors is actively pursuing a talcum powder claim against manufacturers of mineral-based talcum powder products. Following several talcum powder claims in the US, our group litigation claim aims to secure justice for UK consumers.

By bringing together affected individuals, we aim to strengthen our collective effort to hold manufacturers responsible for the harm caused by their products.

If you or a loved one has experienced health issues due to extensive talcum powder use, take the first step towards seeking justice today. We are running this case on a No-Win, No-Fee basis. 

How do you know if you’ve got talcum powder cancer?

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer and have used talcum powder products regularly for a number of years, you may have talcum powder cancer.

If you’ve been regularly using talcum powder and are concerned about potential health risks, it’s best to consult with a medical professional. They can evaluate your specific situation, consider your medical history, and provide you with the most accurate and personalised advice.

Some common signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Abdominal bloating or swelling
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Feeling full quickly while eating
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue or low energy levels
  • Changes in menstruation or abnormal vaginal bleeding


Some common signs and symptoms of mesothelioma include:

  • Persistent chest pain in the lower back or side of the chest wall
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Lumps and swelling
  • Abdominal pain and swelling


It’s important to note that these symptoms are not exclusive to talcum powder cancer and can be caused by other conditions. If you’re experiencing any persistent or concerning symptoms, it’s crucial to consult with your GP for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Why would you claim compensation for talcum powder cancer?

Claiming compensation for talcum powder cancer is possible through the talcum powder claim. There are a number of reasons why this compensation claim is being pursued.

Product liability

Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. We believe that some talcum powder products have been defectively manufactured, as they contained asbestos.


Manufacturers have a responsibility to exercise reasonable care in producing or marketing their products. We believe that some manufacturers failed to adequately test products or take appropriate action in light of scientific evidence.

Failure to warn

Manufacturers have a responsibility to warn consumers of any potential risks associated with the use of talcum powder. Unfortunately, manufacturers failed to warn consumers of the risk of developing a talcum powder cancer, so they could make informed decisions about whether to use the products.

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