Talcum powder is manufactured from talc—a naturally occurring mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. When talc is ground into powder form, it can be sold in the form of talcum powder, which is also commonly known as baby powder.
Talcum powder products have been widely used for a number of hygienic purposes, including the prevention of moisture to keep skin dry and to prevent rashes. Talcum powder is also found in many cosmetic products, including many facial powders and skin creams.
Some of the most widely sold brands of talcum powder include the following products:
One of the most common hygienic uses for talcum powder among women is for the prevention of moisture in the vaginal area. In recent decades, millions of women in the U.S. have used talcum baby powder products for feminine hygiene.
Studies have suggested that the use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. When baby powder products are used in the vaginal area, they can travel through the fallopian tubes to the ovaries, leading to irritation. Over time, this irritation can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Researchers who have studied the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer have estimated that one in 10 ovarian cancer cases in the U.S. is caused by the use of talcum powder products. With about 21,000 new ovarian cancer cases and 14,000 deaths due to the disease occurring in the U.S. each year, this means that about 2,100 cancer cases and 1,400 deaths may occur each year as a result of talcum powder products.
Despite a growing mountain of evidence linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer, companies who manufacture talcum products have resisted calls to switch to safer alternatives such as corn starch in order to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. Despite pleas from consumer advocates, manufacturers have also fought efforts to add new warning labels to alert women about the potential link between exposure to talcum powder and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Hundreds of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products. These talcum powder lawsuits have alleged that manufacturers failed to warn women who used baby powder products for feminine hygiene about their potential risk of developing ovarian cancer. According to the lawsuits, talcum powder manufacturers have known for decades about the cancer risk of these products, but continued marketing their products to women in spite the health risks they posed.
In February 2016, the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson was awarded a $72 million verdict in a lawsuit filed against the company. The case was the first ever verdict in favor of an ovarian cancer patient against a company that manufactured talcum powder products. As of the verdict, Johnson & Johnson was facing about 1,200 additional lawsuits from women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum baby powder products.
Lawyers representing women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer linked to their use of talcum powder products reported that more lawsuits were expected to be filed later in 2016. Women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturers may still be able to file a lawsuit to take legal action against the companies that may be responsible for their illness.
If you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene, you may qualify to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these products. The first step in taking legal action is to talk with an attorney to find out whether you may be eligible to file a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have represented hundreds of women in lawsuits involving product liability, including cases involving Yasmin birth control pills, Mirena IUDs, transvaginal surgical mesh products, fentanyl pain patches and many other dangerous drugs and medical devices. Our lawyers have filed lawsuits against some of the largest corporations in the world and have achieved verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients totaling more than $200 million.
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