Thousands of women throughout the United States may have developed ovarian cancer from side effects of talcum powder. Lawsuits are being investigated over allegedly inadequate warnings provided by manufacturers who sell talcum-based products under various different names, including Baby Powder, Body Powder and Talc Powder.
STATUS OF TALC POWDER LAWSUITS Product liability lawyers are reviewing potential talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits for women throughout the United States. At least one case has already been successful at trial against Johnson & Johnson over failure to warn about the risk of ovarian cancer from Shower-to-Shower Body Powder.
OVERVIEW: Talcum powder is derived from talc, which is a hydrated magnesium silicate. It is used for a multitude of purposes and is in many, if not most, U.S. households in some form or another.
While it is most commonly known as Baby Powder, used to prevent or treat rashes, many women also talc powder for personal hygiene and cosmetics. As a result, many different products are also marketed as body powder, such as “Shower to Shower” and other brand names.
Talc contained in many of these powders is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. While talc powder is generally recognized as safe, it may pose serious and potentially life-threatening health concerns when used for feminine hygiene.
TALC POWDER OVARIAN CANCER RISKS: Concerns over the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer has been suspected for decades. However, the manufacturers have sold talc body powder as a safe product, withholding important safety information from consumers.
As early as 1971, researchers found talc embedded in 75% of all ovarian tumors researchers studied. In addition, several studies and reports have confirmed that talc applied to a woman’s genital area may travel through the vagina and into the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
In June 2013, a study published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research found that women who used talcum body powder as a feminine hygiene produce may face a 20% to 30% greater risk of ovarian cancer compared to those who do not apply talc.
As a result of Johnson & Johnson’s and other manufacturers’ failure to disclose the potential ovarian cancer risks women may face, financial compensation may be available through a talcum powder lawsuit or settlement.
In October 2013, a South Dakota jury determined that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn women about the risk of ovarian cancer from body powder. The trial involved a 56 year old woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, after using Johnson & Johnson Shower-to-Shower talc powder. Three doctors who examined her cancer tissue found talc in the tissue using an electron microscope, and determined that her cancer was caused by the body powder.
According to testimony offered by one expert during that trial, it is estimated that 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer may be caused by talcum powder each year.
FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A TALC POWDER OVARIAN CANCER SETTLEMENT: Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided by talcum powder lawyers for women throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Druglawsuitattorneys.com is currently accepting talcum powder induced injury cases nationally. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact us for a free case review.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder (talc) is an ingredient in thousands of cosmetics, feminine hygiene products, contraceptives (condoms and diaphragms), deodorants, anti-chafing products, and more. Talcum powder is most widely known for being baby powder.
Talcum is a powdered mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon, and dioxide. Talcum in it’s natural form also contains asbestos, a known human carcinogen. All consumer talcum products became asbestos-free in 1973. IMPORTANT: If you or your loved one is about to have surgery for ovarian cancer, you should have the hospital preserve the tissues for examination. If an examination of the ovarian tissue finds talc fibers, it could be important evidence in your possible legal claim.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit
October 2013 – Johnson & Johnson has recently lost a talcum powder lawsuit filed on behalf of Deane Berg, 56, a woman who used Shower to Shower for 30 years before developing ovarian cancer in 2006. No damages were awarded, but the lawsuit could inspire other women to come forward with injury claims against major drug-makers for failing to warn about this risk. Evidence linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer dates back to the 1970s.