Talcum powder, commonly referred to as baby powder or simply talc, is a commonly found household item in bathrooms throughout the United States and the rest of the world. As a naturally occurring clay mineral composed of magnesium and silicon, it has the ability to absorb moisture well, and thus, cut down on friction. This ability makes talcum powder useful for keeping skin dry and for preventing rashes. Many women use the powder on their inner thighs in order to prevent chaffing, and for other intimate female hygiene purposes.
However, over the past several decades, many studies have continually established a causal connection between the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene and ovarian cancer. As a result, thousands of women are now filing talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest manufacturers of the product, and other talc manufacturers for failing to warn of the risks of using the powder.
If you or a loved one used talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes and were subsequently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact the attorneys of Abbott Law Group to discuss your legal rights.
The use of baby powder in the female genital area was linked to ovarian cancer as far back as 1971 when researchers in Wales released their findings in The Lancelet Journal. Researchers discovered particles of talc deeply embedded in a majority of ovarian tumors. These researchers believed that talc particles entered women’s reproductive organs through the vagina and from there moved through the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and into the ovaries.
This belief proved to be accurate when a 1982 study supported the prior research linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer. Since these two original studies were released over three decades ago, over 20 more studies have been conducted establishing the same causal connection between genital talc use and ovarian cancer. The approximated increased risk of ovarian cancer that studies have come up with has varied between 20 and 40 percent.
Regardless of these varying numbers, one thing remains consistent among these various studies: the use of talcum powder in the female genital area is the likely cause of ovarian cancer in thousands of women.
Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest consumer goods manufacturers in the world, recently stated that its trademark baby powder was, and still is, safe for use by women in intimate areas of their bodies. Nevertheless, the massive company is currently facing two major class action lawsuits, both of which were filed in 2014, for Johnson & Johnson’s failure to warn of the ovarian cancer risks.
These talcum powder class action lawsuits were filed just before two multimillion-dollar jury verdict awards, which Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal.
In February 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after near-daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for decades.
In May 2016, a jury awarded $55 million to a South Dakota woman who claimed that her ovarian cancer diagnosis was the result of her use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The woman had used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for over 35 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or uterine cancer after frequently using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, loss of consortium, and other damages. Contact the Abbott Law Group, P.A. and speak with our attorneys today for a free consultation.