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Talc is Probably Cross-Contaminated By Airborne Asbestos When It Is Mined

If communities near asbestos mines are showing increased mesothelioma deaths, why would we not assume adjacent talc mines are also contaminated?

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Living or working in a neighborhood near an asbestos mine increases the risk that a person will inhale airborne asbestos particles and develop mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has studied the potential causes of mesothelioma extensively and lists "neighborhood exposure" as a leading cause of asbestos-related mesothelioma. Asbestos is mined by blowing it into dust from the ground releasing clouds of asbestos into the air. Trucks transporting asbestos from location to location through a town also spread asbestos to local surfaces. Asbestos reached into every nook and cranny of the homes and businesses within and surrounding an asbestos mine, therefor, if asbestos mining is so untidy as to blast the mineral into dust that is scattered by the wind in every conceivable direction onto the surrounding homes and businesses, it can be assumed that adjacent talc mines were also exposed to the cancerous contaminate, all day, every day, and for decades. The NIH found that neighborhood asbestos contamination was the cause of the mesothelioma deaths of hundreds of women who did not work in any way around asbestos but lived near an asbestos mine or factory. Talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits are handled by top national attorneys offering a no obligation and free consultation before filing a lawsuit claim.

From the beginning, asbestos was suspected as a carcinogen when asbestos miners started dying in alarming numbers. This was followed by people who lived and worked near asbestos mines also dying from the same type of rare lung cancer. Tracking the source of mesothelioma is usually tricky as it can take two decades of regular exposure to elapse before the first signs of mesothelioma start to present themselves, however, it was easy to suspect in the case of miners. "Before it was known that exposure to asbestos can be extremely dangerous, many workers in the mining industry regularly came into contact with this substance as it was removed from the earth. This led to asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma," according to the Mesothelioma Veterans Center. Once a connection was made to asbestos miners dying from the disease it was easy to extend one's suspicions to the neighboring community. "People residing in neighborhoods and towns where asbestos mining was prevalent have been diagnosed with various asbestos-related diseases decades later. The asbestos particles rose up from the mines and became airborne, putting anyone living in the immediate area at risk of inhaling this toxic substance." The early signs of mesothelioma are chest pain and difficulty breathing. There is no known cure for mesothelioma and its victims gradually suffocate to death.

Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson continue to claim that talc mines that are sometimes adjacent to asbestos mines and in countries with lax asbestos containment practices would be miraculously spared from the asbestos-filled air that surrounded them and fall only on other homes and businesses. Even with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing and finding asbestos in Johnson's Baby Powder the company continues to claim that Johnson's Baby Powder is pure and asbestos-free.

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