Study confirms link between cosmetic products and mesothelioma

Wearing makeup and using other cosmetic products is quite common in South Carolina. Unfortunately, just because something is common does not mean it is safe. For example, asbestos contamination is shockingly common in the cosmetics industry. A recent study established a definite link between the deadly cancer mesothelioma and asbestos found in many cosmetic products.

The study was recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and focused on 33 patients suffering from mesothelioma. The patients were referred to the study because it was believed that they had all developed cancer from the same source — cosmetic talcum powder. None of the participants had histories of asbestos exposure at work, either.

To better understand why these 33 people developed this deadly cancer, researchers surgically removed samples from either their lymph nodes or tumors. All of the surgical specimens tested positive for asbestos. The research team pinpointed exactly where the asbestos had come from, too. The fibers found inside the cancer patients were consistent with asbestos fibers found in contaminated cosmetic talc powder.

Most people in South Carolina already know that asbestos exposure has long been linked to mesothelioma. However, this is the first time that researchers have conducted a large case study that definitively connects contaminated talc powder to this deadly cancer. While the results of this study cannot reverse the damage of someone who has already developed mesothelioma, it might prove helpful when pursuing a lawsuit against companies, manufacturers and others responsible for overlooking asbestos in common consumer products.

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