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Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Class Action
In 2003, a shocking study was released stating that women using talcum powder were 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
More than 20 studies have been performed reinforcing this link since 1971, and it has been alleged that major manufacturer of talcum-based products, Johnson & Johnson, has been aware of this risk since 1982 but has failed to warm women using these products.
A number of lawsuits have since been brought against Johnson & Johnson, including a notable case as recently as 2013 where a jury ruled that Johnson & Johnson should have been responsible for warning women about using talcum powder and baby powder near their genitals, as this greatly increases the risk of ovarian cancer. Researchers involved in the studies leading to this discovery have long recommended that the company place an ovarian cancer warning on their talcum powders, but to this day Johnson & Johnson’s products do not include any warnings about the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Is The Risk Of Ovarian Cancer Real?
For decades, researchers have believed there is a link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder use. It’s believed that talcum powder can travel to the ovaries and become embedded in ovarian tissue. While talc is a natural mineral, the human body lacks the ability to remove these particles, leading to inflammation and, in certain cases, cancerous tumors.
The medical journal The Lancet was the first publication to suggest a link between talc and ovarian cancer, discovering that many ovarian tumors had talc particles ‘deeply embedded’ within them. Over the next three decades, over twenty additional studies had been performed, and the findings were all very similar to this initial discovery – women using talcum products near their genitals were at a substantially increased risk for developing ovarian cancer.
These studies have lead the American Cancer Society to consider talc use near the genitals as a “risk factor” for ovarian cancer. Yet despite these findings and studies, not a single talcum manufacturer – including Johnson & Johnson – has placed ovarian cancer warnings on their products.
What Can I Do If I’m Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer After Using Talc Products?
While there is currently a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson involving health risks associated with talcum powder usage, this class action suit only compensates for the purchase price of talcum powder. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, this class action suit will not compensate for medical bills and other damages relating to this diagnosis. However, you may be able to file a separate lawsuit to seek compensation for damages resulting from a cancer diagnosis, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and even funeral expenses in the event of death.
We Can Help
Our team of experts is actively investigating cases now for women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used Shower to Shower or Johnson and Johnson powder for feminine hygiene for years. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you believe use of talcum powder may be responsible, contact The Mike Morse Law Firm today for a consultation on your case. Our attorneys will only charge if we’re able to resolve a settlement or verdict in your favor.