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Talcum Powder Dangers

Hundreds of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Hundreds of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products. Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for personal hygiene may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the companies who failed to properly warn consumers about the potential cancer risk associated with these products.

Talcum Powder Products Linked to Ovarian CancerTalc is a naturally occurring mineral that is used by many women in the form of baby powder or other talcum powder products for personal hygiene to prevent moisture in the vaginal area. However, when used in this manner, talc particles can travel through the fallopian tubes to the ovaries, where they may cause irritation that can lead to cancer. Experts estimate that about 10% of ovarian cancer deaths in the U. S. are caused by exposure to talcum powder.

Lawsuits against the manufacturers of talcum powder products have alleged that the companies who manufactured these products have known for years about the risk of ovarian cancer they may pose to women who used them for feminine hygiene. One medical consultant hired by Johnson & Johnson told the company that the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer would soon be as difficult to deny as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.

Although talcum manufacturers have known for decades about the potential cancer risk of these products, Johnson & Johnson and other companies that sell talcum baby powder failed to warn consumers about the cancer risks they could face. Instead of warning women about the health risks of talcum powder, the manufacturers of these products have spent decades developing new strategies to market baby powder to women as the sales of these products have declined in favor of safer alternatives.

Lawsuits Filed Against Talcum Powder ManufacturersIn February 2016, a jury in St. Louis awarded a $72 million verdict to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and others. The Missouri verdict was the first ever damages award in an ovarian cancer lawsuit against a manufacturer of talcum powder products.

More than 1, 200 additional lawsuits had been filed as of February 2016 against Johnson & Johnson by women who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder or other talcum powder products sold by the company. These lawsuits include about 1, 000 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson filed in Missouri state court, and an additional 200 lawsuits filed in New Jersey federal court. Legal experts predict that Johnson & Johnson and other talcum products manufacturers could face even more lawsuits over the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer in the wake of the $72 million St. Louis verdict.

In 2015, a California woman was awarded a $13 million verdict in a lawsuit filed against Colgate-Palmolive after she was diagnosed with cancer linked to the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder. According to the lawsuit, Cashmere Bouquet was contaminated with asbestos particles, which resulted in the woman being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. A confidential settlement between the woman and Colgate-Palmolive prevented the company from being able to appeal the jury’s verdict in the case.

Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis?
Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufactures of these products and receive compensation for medical expenses and other damages. The first step in taking legal action is to talk with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and experience work on your behalf to achieve the best possible result in your case.

Lawyers have filed hundreds of lawsuits involving defective medical products, commercial goods, and other products that caused serious or fatal injuries to our clients. Our law firm has represented consumers who suffered injuries caused by Yasmin birth control pills, transvaginal surgical mesh products, and other drugs and medical devices. Our attorneys have successfully achieved verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients totalling more than $200 million.

When manufacturers of talcum powder and other commercial goods fail to ensure that their products meet basic health and safety standards, they should be held accountable in court for the injuries and illnesses caused by their products.

Talcum Powder and Ovarian CancerThe use of talcum powder and baby powder products for feminine hygiene has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Hundreds of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder have filed lawsuits alleging that the manufacturers of these products concealed the health risks of talcum from consumers and health officials.

When talcum powder is used to prevent moisture in the vaginal area, talc particles can travel through the Fallopian tubes to the ovaries. Over time, these talc particles can cause irritation that may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Each year, millions of women use baby powder and body powder products made with talc for feminine hygiene purposes. As a result, experts estimate that hundreds of women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder annually.

According to some estimates, about 10% of all ovarian cancer cases in the U. S. are caused by exposure to talcum powder. With about 21, 000 new ovarian cancer cases and 14, 000 deaths from the disease occurring in the U. S. each year, this means that talcum powder is linked to an estimated 2, 100 new cases of ovarian cancer and 1, 400 deaths every single year.

Lawsuits against Talcum Powder Manufacturers Filed on Behalf of Ovarian Cancer Patients
About 1, 200 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson—the manufacturer of Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talcum powder products—have been filed by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. These lawsuits include about 1, 000 cases filed in Missouri state and federal courts, and an additional 200 lawsuits filed in New Jersey.

These talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson accuse the company of hiding information about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer from the public, even though the company has known about these health risks for decades. According to documents uncovered during a recent lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson knew about the potential health risks of talcum powder since the 1970s. But despite this knowledge, the company failed to issue a warning about the risks of using talcum powder for feminine hygiene and failed to use safer alternatives to talcum powder (such as corn starch) in its baby powder and body powder products.

In February 2016, a jury awarded a $72 million verdict to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer linked to her use of Shower to Shower, Johnson’s Baby Powder, and other talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson. A pathologist who examined the woman before her death found talc in her ovaries from baby powder products she used for feminine hygiene. These talcum powder particles caused irritation that eventually caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Evidence uncovered during the trial showed that Johnson & Johnson had known for decades about the risks of ovarian cancer caused by the use talcum powder. One medical consultant hired by Johnson & Johnson told the company that it would be as hard to deny the link between talcum baby powder and ovarian cancer as it is to deny the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.

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