Talcum powder/baby powder has been found to cause ovarian cancer in women across the U.S., spurring thousands of lawsuits against talcum powder manufacturers. Talc in talcum and baby powders has long been known as causing adverse health issues. However, manufacturers failed to disclose the health hazards to consumers for decades. If you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum/baby powder for long periods of time in the perennial region, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Talcum powder, more commonly known as baby powder, has been a hygienic staple for decades in the United States. Advertisements market the soft, pleasant-smelling powder as the ultimate comfort, the solution for skin irritations, and safe enough for babies. However, baby powder companies' multi-million dollar marketing campaigns mask the staggering number of studies pointing to the deadly consequences of using talcum powder.
Numerous studies link baby powder to increasing women’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. Research shows that women who use the seemingly gentle powder for long-term hygienic use in the perineal region face a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer. That risk leaps to 41% if women used talcum powder daily.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is one of the largest manufacturers of baby/talcum powder in the world. However, Johnson & Johnson refuses to acknowledge the increasing number of studies pointing to talc as a cause of ovarian cancer. J&J maintain their stance of promoting baby powder as a harmless product. Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claim that the company placed their image as renowned baby powder manufacturers over consumer health
Baby powder is composed of talc, one of the softest minerals on the planet. It is a clay mineral composed of magnesium, oxygen, and silicon; when ground down to a powder, the mineral becomes very absorbent and reduces friction when applied to various surfaces.
However, structurally talc is similar to asbestos, a well-known carcinogen. The American Cancer society even reports that in its natural form, some talc actually contains asbestos.
When talcum powder is used in the genital region, the particles can easily pass into the ovaries and stick. The trapped talcum particles then cause inflammation, which can easily lead to cancer cell growth.
Reports of baby powder causing cancer is nothing new to science. Claims allege J&J has attempted to skirt reports of baby powder causing ovarian cancer since the 1970’s.
Over 40 years ago, researchers in England analyzed a sample of 13 ovarian tumors and discovered "deeply embedded" talc particles in 10 of the 13 tumors. In 1982, Cancer, a notable journal, published a study by epidemiologist Daniel Cramer which revealed a statistical link between ovarian cancer and using talc in the genital region. Since this research was published, over 20 more epidemiological studies have confirmed the association between ovarian cancer and using talcum powder in the genital area.
Recent jury rulings suggest the opposite of J&J’s denials of baby powder causing ovarian cancer. In February of 2016, a baby powder lawsuit concluded with the jury awarding the family of Jackie Fox, a victim of baby powder-caused ovarian cancer, $72 million dollars. In another talcum powder case in May 2016, a jury in Missouri awarded a J&J baby powder user $55 million in damages for her ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2011.
These lawsuits revealed evidence that Johnson & Johnson knew of the studies confirming talcum powder’s link to ovarian cancer, but they continued to market the powder as a “safe” product for feminine hygiene. Thousands of women across the U.S. continue to file class action lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for their baby powder ovarian cancer diagnoses.
Plantiffs claim Johnson & Johnson did not provide adequate warning on the product's bottle about the correlation between the talc in baby powder and developing ovarian cancer. Plaintiffs assert that if a warning label had been provided, deciding whether or not to use the product would have been left up to free will: the lack of a label removed their freedom of choice.
AVA Law Group, Inc. is investigating claims on behalf of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talc products used for feminine hygiene. Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claim that J&J placed the company image as renowned baby powder manufacturers over consumer health. Our aggressive product liability lawyers fight to ensure that a company's negligence in protecting your health does not go unchecked.
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