Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer
The number of lawsuits linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer keeps growing. Law firms are pursuing litigation against the industry giant, Johnson & Johnson, and others.
If you have ovarian cancer and used talcum powder, find out how we can help.
What statistics back up the talcum powder lawsuits?
Studies show that approximately 2,200 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year also used baby power in their genital area regularly. All of these individuals do not have the gene (BRCA gene) that predisposes someone to ovarian cancer. Biopsies also show talc fibers within the ovarian tumors.
The link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer exists only for women using talcum powder in the genital area — not for those using talcum powder on other areas of the body.
Johnson & Johnson is denying these claims, however plaintiffs believe that they have substantial evidence to prove that this information was known since the early 1980s. Some go as far back as 1971 or even 1961 when stating that knowledge existed about ovarian cancer risks. Manufacturers never warned consumers of the risks involved when using products containing talc. Using these products in the genital area can increase the chances of developing ovarian cancer by as much as thirty percent.
Those who have been harmed may be eligible for compensation.
What Is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is a made from talc, a mineral mined from the ground. It can lodge in the body similar to asbestos. If the talc fibers remain, they have the potential of irritating the area and even developing into tumors.
Marketing efforts encouraged women to use talcum powder in the vaginal area as a way of preventing body odor and skin irritation because the powder absorbed moisture and reduced friction.
What products contain talcum powder?
The commonly used Johnson & Johnson “Baby Powder” as well as another product known as “Shower to Shower” are both being linked to ovarian cancer development due to their talc-base. The baby powder contains talc, as a moisture absorbent, and it holds no medical value for the product.
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