If you use talcum powder as a personal feminine hygiene product, then you need to know about its potential link to ovarian cancer. In 1982, research found that talcum powder led to a significant increase in the chance of developing ovarian cancer among women who used these products as personal powders. In fact, women who used talcum powder near the genitals were 92 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer. The increase in risk centers on the fact that talc, a natural mineral, is hard for the body to get rid of, and particles can become embedded in the ovaries. This leads to inflammation and the potential for cancerous tumor growth.
Though this landmark study was published in 1982, research has been conducted on the relationship between talcum powder and ovarian cancer since at least 1971. That year, a study found that traces of talc powder existed in most of the ovarian cancer tumors that researchers examined. Since these studies, 21 additional studies have been performed examining the effects of talcum powder when used as a personal hygiene product.
The exact relationship between talcum powder and ovarian cancer has not been explicitly stated by researchers. However, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have warned women against continued use of talcum powder near the genitals, and both organizations consider this practice risky in terms of developing ovarian cancer.
Current Legal Challenges
Despite the evidence to support the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer, talcum powder manufacturers such as national icon Johnson & Johnson refuse to label their products with appropriate warnings. Women continue to use these products without knowing that they may develop ovarian cancer as a result. How likely are you to develop ovarian cancer if you use talcum powder for personal use? A 2003 analysis of 16 talcum powder studies discovered that your chances of developing ovarian cancer increase by 33 percent when you use talcum powder near the genitals.
Several lawsuits have been filed on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer as a result of personal talcum powder use. In 2013, a South Dakota woman alleged that her continued used of talcum powder for personal hygiene over the past 30 years had led to her ovarian cancer, and a jury agreed that Johnson & Johnson should warn consumers about this possibility. Though no damages were awarded to the plaintiff, it’s clear that the jury recognized the risks associated with talcum powder use.
A current class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson is seeking compensation on behalf of certain consumers for the cost of talcum powder. This class action suit alleges that the manufacturer should have warned consumers about the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Regardless of whether you developed cancer or not using talcum powder, you may be eligible to participate.
We’re on Your Side
If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer due to the use of talcum powder or baby powder as a personal hygiene product, then you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the talcum powder manufacturer. Our attorneys want to help you obtain justice and protect your legal rights. The current class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson does not award damages related to medical bills, loss of wages, funeral expenses, or emotional pain and suffering. You may be entitled to these and other types of compensation, but only an attorney can determine your eligibility.
We work on a contingency basis, which means that we only collect payment if we’re successful in settling your case satisfactorily. Protecting your rights is important to us, so don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation.