Talcum powder has long-since been used in beauty and hygiene products, but medical research tells us that this ingredient might actually lead to the development of ovarian cancer and other serious health conditions.
Why Is Talcum Powder Coming Under Suspicion?
Consumers often use talcum powder products, like Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, in the genital area to reduce irritation and moisture. However, if this product is used heavily or with regularity, studies show that it can travel into the ovaries and irritate the nearby tissue. If this happens, the user can develop tumorous cancers at the site of irritation. If you or someone you love developed ovarian cancer after using a talcum powder product, we can help you pursue compensation.
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Understanding Talcum Powder Usage
Talcum is a naturally occurring mineral utilized for its fine, soft texture and its ability to absorb moisture. Over the past several decades, it has been used primarily in beauty and hygiene products, like baby powder and makeup.
As early as the 1960s, medical professionals began to link the use of talc powder to that of ovarian cancer. In 1971, a study published in the BJOG, an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, found talc particles in a large portion of the ovarian and uterine tumors they observed in their study. Since then, dozens of studies have followed suit, showing a clear link between talcum powder usage and an increased risk for the development of ovarian cancer. However, the sellers of talc products, like Johnson & Johnson, with full knowledge of this evidence continued to sell Talcum Powder to innocent consumers.
How Is Talc Dangerous?
The various studies that link talc powder to ovarian cancer explain that the tiny particles can travel upward from the application site, irritating the tissues on and near the ovaries. As a result, this irritated tissue can become inflamed and, eventually, develop into a cancerous tumor.
The most common cancers associated with talcum powder use are ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, both of which are rare and, typically, aggressive.
After long-time talcum powder users have developed ovarian cancer, they have begun to ask if there is help available.
Medical Studies & Talcum Powder
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a section of the World Health Organization, agrees with the medical studies and officially labels the use of talcum powder on the genital area as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” which means it can lead to the development of cancer.
However, one reputable study published the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer claims the frequent use of talc on the female genital area can actually increase the risk of cancer by between 30-60%. Yet another study, led by Dr. Cramer, found that “talc used regularly in the genital area was associated with a 33% increase in ovarian cancer risk.”
If you or someone you love used talcum powder and developed ovarian or uterine cancer, you may be able to take action and receive compensation from the product’s seller.
Links Between Talcum Powder and Cancer Diagnoses
After long-time talcum powder users have developed ovarian cancer, they have begun to ask if there is help available. Thanks to the science showing links between dangerous cancers and talcum powder, some victims have received compensation.
Johnson & Johnson has already been hit by large verdicts related to patients who have linked their cancer to their use of talcum powder. Analysts suggest the company may end up paying between $5 and $10 billion to customers over the issue. A group of 22 women in St. Louis received $4.69 billion from the company after linking their ovarian cancer diagnoses to Johnson’s Baby Powder.
Scientists allege talcum powder and other talc-based products are likely to have impurities and contaminants including asbestos, a carcinogenic particle. Ovarian cancer isn’t the only concern for users of these products. Asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a hard-to-treat cancer, if inhaled. The company paid over $37 million to 4 patients diagnosed with the fast-moving cancer. Another woman received over $300 million after a similar diagnosis in New York.
Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of complaints from consumers who trusted the brand’s products only to develop cancer because of their faithful use.
Contact Monge & Associates, P.C For Help
As anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis will tell you, hearing those three simple words, “you have cancer,” can bring with it unparalleled levels of fear, uncertainty, and anger. These feelings may be amplified if you discover that you may have developed cancer because of a dangerous product you used.
Product manufacturers have a responsibility to design, create, and sell their products with a certain level of care, and if they fail to uphold that standard, they could face serious repercussions. Ultimately, you, the injured consumer, could pursue justice and compensation from the liable party through legal action.
In the case of talcum powder, thousands of women have already received compensation from big talc companies, claiming their products led to their debilitating, sometimes terminal, illnesses. Our firm understands how difficult this time must be for you and your family, which is why we are committed to providing our clients with the utmost care, respect, and support during this time.
Contact Monge & Associates, P.C.today to get in touch with our Atlanta talcum powder attorneys.