Johnson & Johnson faces another trial in the ongoing talc litigation over allegations that the company’s talc products cause ovarian cancer. This time, 22 ovarian cancer victims are claiming that long-term, daily use of Johnson & Johnson products, such as J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, was the cause of their ovarian cancer. The women effected claim that these talc products contained asbestos, a known carcinogen, which brought about the disease. Further, it is alleged by litigants that Johnson & Johnson knew that the talc products could cause cancer but did not warn consumers of the danger. Juries across the country have awarded cancer victims millions of dollars for their injuries after using talc products. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing over 9,000 talcum powder lawsuits by victims who allege their cancer was caused by daily use of the product.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is a mineral substance made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Because of its natural ability to absorb moisture and prevent rashes, it has long been used in diapering babies and as a feminine hygiene product. There are also a wide array of cosmetics, such as facial powder, which contain talc. The product was heavily marketed by Johnson & Johnson to consumers as being safe for daily use with catchy slogans such as “Shower to Shower each day helps keep odors away.” As a result, many women used talcum powder in their daily hygiene routines for long periods of time.
What is the Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer?
Recent studies have suggested a connection between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Many of these studies have focused on the use of the powder in woman and have shown that when the powder particles travel through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes and ovaries, there can be a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. It is thought that the presence of asbestos in talcum powder could be to blame. Talcum is a naturally occurring mineral that is commonly found in close proximity to asbestos. Those who have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder claim that the powder contained an unsafe level of asbestos. Daily use of the powder in the genital area can result in some of the powder getting into the female reproductive system. It is alleged that long term exposure to the talc caused inflammation and ultimately ovarian cancer. Because of its widespread use in everyday items, researchers stress the need for a more in depth understanding of the risks posed by the use of talcum powder.
Contact an Experienced Talcum Powder Lawyer
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our law firm is working with experienced talcum powder lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a talcum powder lawsuit on your behalf. There is no fee unless you receive an award or settlement. Call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.