Hundreds of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using baby powder or other talcum powder products made by Johnson & Johnson have filed lawsuits against the company. Recently, the family of an Alabama woman who filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by her use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and other products was awarded $72 million in damages, the first ever verdict in a lawsuit filed over ovarian cancer caused by talcum baby powder..
These cases have raised concerns from many women about whether talcum powder products they use could increase their risks of developing ovarian cancer. Recent studies have presented substantial evidence that the use of talcum powder products could expose consumers to a significant cancer risk.
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that consists of magnesium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. Because talc deposits are often located close to asbestos—another naturally occurring mineral, which is linked to mesothelioma cancer—many talcum products were contaminated for years with asbestos fibers. In 2015, a California woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by talcum powder products was awarded $13 million in a lawsuit filed against cosmetics companies.
Although talcum powder products have been asbestos-free since 1973, this has not decreased the number of cases of ovarian cancer among talcum baby powder users. Experts estimate that about 10% of ovarian cancer deaths in the U.S. area caused by exposure to talcum powder among women who use talcum products for feminine hygiene.
When talcum products like baby powder are used near the vaginal area, talc particles can travel through the Fallopian tubes to the ovaries, which can lead to inflammation that can lead to ovarian cancer. Although the risk of this occurrence is relatively small, because about 40% of women have used talcum powder regularly during their life, the number of ovarian cancer cases caused by the use of baby powder could be enormous.
Experts have suggested that women may use a dry towel or products such as corn starch as an alternative to talcum powder in order to eliminate moisture. These products are equally as effective at preventing moisture for feminine hygiene while offering none of the potential ovarian cancer risks associated with talcum baby powder.
So far, organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the World Health Organization have offered cautious warnings about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, stating that these products are “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. However, in the wake of the hundreds of recent lawsuits filed by women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum products, some consumer advocacy organizations are now calling for the FDA to issue a stronger warning about the health risks of Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other products that contain talc.
Women who used talcum baby powder products and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be eligible to file a lawsuit. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer that may be linked to talcum products, the first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the experience with product liability litigation to handle your lawsuit from start to finish and achieve the best possible result in your case.
The lawyers at the firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed many lawsuits product liability and other commercial litigation matters behalf of our clients. Our attorneys have filed lawsuits in cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other dangerous products. In doing so, our attorneys have taken on some of the largest companies in the world in an effort to ensure that our clients achieve a fair result in their case.
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that when corporations that manufacture products fail to properly ensure that they follow basic health and safety standards, these companies should be held accountable in a court of law. Our lawyers are dedicated to the belief that all consumers should have the right to experienced and qualified legal counsel to ensure that their rights are protected and their interests are fully represented.
To learn more about whether you or your loved one may qualify to file a lawsuit against manufacturers of talcum powder products linked to ovarian cancer, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by visiting the free case evaluation form at the top of this page and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.