Women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and who used baby powder products containing talcum powder for feminine hygiene may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these products. Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder.
Talcum baby powder is manufactured from talc, a naturally occurring mineral that contains magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. When talc is crushed, it becomes a fine, white powder that is sold as talcum.
Talcum powder has been used for a variety of medical and sanitary uses, including absorbing moisture and preventing rashes. Talcum powder is also used in many cosmetic products, as well as for the coating and lubrication of rubber and other commercial and industrial products.
The American Cancer Society, the World Health Organization, and other health agencies have raised concerns that the use of baby powder and body powder products for feminine hygiene containing talcum may place women at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
When talcum powder products are used in the vaginal area, they can travel through the Fallopian tubes to the ovaries, causing irritation that could lead to ovarian cancer. Some health experts have estimated that about 10% of ovarian cancer cases and deaths from the disease in the U.S. are caused by talcum powder products.
Evidence has shown that the manufacturers of talcum powder products have known about the health risks of using talcum powder for decades. Yet despite this information, Johnson & Johnson and other companies who manufacture talcum baby powder have failed to warn consumers about the potential cancer risks they may face from using these products.
In 2016, a jury awarded a $72 million verdict to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder sold by Johnson & Johnson. About 1,200 additional lawsuits have been filed on behalf of women who were also diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene.
If you or a loved one have used baby powder or body powder products containing talcum for feminine hygiene and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may qualify to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these products. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney to find out whether you may qualify to file a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of consumers who were injured by dangerous drugs and other commercial products. In doing so, our law firm has taken on some of the world’s largest corporations on behalf of our clients. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that all individuals should have access to experienced, professional legal counsel to ensure that their rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law.
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