A new study has found that African American women who use talcum powder products for feminine hygiene may face an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer compared to women of other ethnic backgrounds. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, compared the use of talcum powder among women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, including African American women, to those who had not been diagnosed with the disease.
According to the University of Virginia study, women who used talcum powder for feminine hygiene in the genital area were 40% more likely to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer than non-users. The study also found that women who used talcum powder products outside of the genital area had a 30% increased risk.
The study also found that African American women who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer were more likely to have used talcum powder products than those who were not affected by the disease. According to a 2015 study, African American women are nearly 50% more likely to use talcum powder than Caucasian women. Because African American women are more frequent users of talcum powder, the increased risk of ovarian cancer among talcum powder users observed in the Virginia study may be especially concerning to women of this background.
According to the newspaper Atlanta Black Star, the increased use of talcum powder products among African American women is due to the manner in which Johnson & Johnson marketed talcum powder products to black women. The newspaper reports that when white women began to stop using talcum powder due to the link to an increased risk of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson began marketing talcum powder products to black women more aggressively.
In February 2016, a jury awarded a $72 million verdict to the family of an African American women, Jacqueline Fox, who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. In May 2016, a jury awarded $55 million to another woman who had contracted ovarian cancer after using J&J’s talcum powder products for feminine hygiene purposes. Johnson & Johnson is facing hundreds of additional lawsuits filed on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder for feminine hygiene in the genital area.
Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson or other companies may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Family members whose loved ones who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products may also qualify to take legal action on behalf of their loved ones. The first step in filing a case is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and experience in product liability cases to handle your lawsuit from start to finish.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed numerous product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other commercial products. We are currently representing dozens of women who have contracted ovarian cancer following long-term exposure to talcum baby powder.
For more information about the link between talcum baby powder products and ovarian cancer and to find out more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. To speak with an attorney about your legal rights, please call us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or simply follow the link to our free case evaluation form and answer a few simple questions about your case to get started.