“As the knowledge regarding the link between Talcum powder and diseases such as Ovarian cancer and mesothelioma grow among the population of the Western world, there is also a growing movement for retribution from the companies who knowingly sold the substance to women across the planet without informing them of the cancer risks or the fact that their product had been cross contaminated with asbestos.
Having first begun in earnest in the United States, that movement is now taking off in the UK, where solicitor Phillip Gower is worried that thousands of British women may have cancer linked to the extensive use of talc. Many of these victims would have no idea that their diagnosis is linked to such a ubiquitous and seemingly harmless product.
Most of these women have been using talc since they were teenagers and, for that reason, middle aged women are at vastly higher risk for developing cancer that can be traced back to those products. US victims have already successfully sued talc manufacturers for millions of dollars over the issue and now it seems people in the UK will be doing the same.”
This is an example of corporate criminal negligence, pure and simple – they must have known that talc mines could easily be cross-contaminated with asbestos, but they chose to ignore it. After all, cancer takes years – sometimes decades – to develop, so who’s going to notice the connection?
The corporate heads who knew about this risk should be charged with negligent homicide, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.