Thousands of woman have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder in their daily hygiene routines, with new cases being identified every day. Many woman suffering from ovarian cancer are now pushing for warning labels on talcum products that would specifically warn consumers of the risk of ovarian cancer. They claim that the current warning labels stating that the powder is for “external use only” are insufficient and do not adequately warn women of the potential dangers of talc products. Currently, over 4,800 women and their families have filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, who has dominated the market of talc powder products for the last 100 years. As the public continues to learn more about the health risks associated with these products, it is expected that the number talcum powder lawsuits will continue to grow.
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, oil, smells, and to prevent rashes, it has long been used in diapering babies and as a feminine hygiene product. There are also a wide array of products, such as facial powder and even children’s art supplies that contain talc. The product was marketed to consumers as being safe and effective for long-term, daily use. As a result, many people used the product for years in their daily grooming and hygiene routines.
Why is Talcum Powder Dangerous?
Recent scientific data suggests 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. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), whose primary purpose is to identify causes of cancer, classified the perineal (genital) use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Because of its widespread use in everyday items, researchers stress the need for more in depth research on 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.