Is Talcum Powder the Cause of Your Ovarian Cancer?
Talcum Powder Injury Lawsuits
Talcum powder is found in a variety of products such as cosmetics, baby powder, feminine products, and more. While this common product is regularly found in households throughout the U.S., it has been found to put women at an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
This household product is a clay-like mineral that is naturally occurring. It is primarily made up of oxygen, magnesium, and silicon, and when it gets ground into a very fine powder, it will absorb moisture.
Talcum Powder and the Link to Ovarian Cancer
We all know someone who has been devastated by cancer. It can seem at times that cancer is everywhere. Now, several studies have been done that show that talcum powder, a common household product, may be linked to ovarian cancer. The main ingredient in talcum powder, talc, has been shown to cause cancer according to data gathered by dozens of studies by the American Cancer Society. The studies showed that women who have used talc-containing products are 30% more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who have not used products containing talc.
Talc-based products and powders have even been labeled as possibly carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer when the products are used in the genital area. Talc is dangerous because the body is unable to break the mineral down, and when used on the genitals it can travel through the uterus, vagina, fallopian tubes, and into the ovaries where it can cause irritation and lead to cancerous cells developing.
Talcum Powder and Lawsuits History
Johnson & Johnson was found guilty in 2013 of failing to warn their customers that there was a possible link between cancer and talcum powder. In this case, a customer alleged that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum-based products for almost 30 years. The lawsuit claimed that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk as early as 1982 when a study showed that women who used the products were at a 92% increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Again, in February 2016, Johnson & Johnson was found liable for injuries when a plaintiff developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talc-based products for over 35 years. She passed away before the trial began. In the end, the jury agreed that the products had contributed to the patient’s diagnosis and awarded $72 million to the plaintiff’s family. That verdict included $62 million in punitive damages.
Two additional claims for product liability against Johnson & Johnson also reached verdicts that year. In one case, a jury awarded $55 million to a customer in Missouri, and another woman from California received $70 million. Most recently, in February 2017, a group of 14 people filed a claim against Johnson & Johnson in Kansas City and allege that the company neglected to warn their customers of the health risks of their talc-based products.
Who can File a Talcum Powder Claim?
The attorneys at D. Hardison Wood have researched and reviewed talcum powder lawsuits and may be able to help you, too, if you or your loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer linked to the use of talcum-based products. You may be able to file a lawsuit if any of the following apply:
- You have consistently used Johnson & Johnson Shower to Shower or Baby Powder products for at least four years.
- You used talcum powder that was manufactured after 1982.
- You have received a diagnosis of fallopian tube cancer or ovarian cancer rather than uterine or cervical cancer.
- You were diagnosed with cancer by the age of 65.
- You tested BRCA negative because certain types of genetic mutations can increase the likelihood that a woman will develop ovarian or breast cancer. A negative BRCA test will show that your diagnosis was more likely due to outside factors.
- You have access to pathology slides or tissue samples of your ovaries. These will likely be available if you have been diagnosed in the last 10 years.
- If your loved one passed away, the cause of death on their Death Certificate must be “ovarian cancer.”
Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney Today
If you or your loved one meets the above criteria, you need to contact an experienced attorney as quickly as possible. The personal injury attorneys at D. Hardison Wood will review your situation and help you determine if you are entitled to compensation through a talcum powder lawsuit. Even if you simply have questions about your symptoms and rights associated with ovarian cancer, contact us today to schedule a consultation.