Talcum Powder, commonly known for use in baby powder and other similar products, may be the cause of 10,000 women developing ovarian cancer each year according to Harvard researchers.
The mineral-based powder has been under scrutiny since the 1970s for its role in causing cancer. Specifically, use of talcum powder in the genital area may be linked to significantly increased risks.
Consumers who’ve developed cancer have sued companies that manufacture talc-based products on numerous occasions. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and were a regular user of a product that contained talc you may qualify to file a lawsuit and obtain compensation for your damages.
For more information, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC, at 215-642-2335.
Does talcum powder cause cancer?
There have been numerous published studies spanning more than four decades that linked talc to ovarian cancer, most likely due to its contamination with naturally occurring asbestos.
One study published in 2013 by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The researchers pooled data from eight studies involving thousands of cases and controls to determine whether or not any relationship existed between genital talcum powder usage and epithelial ovarian cancer. They concluded, “In summary, genital powder use is a modifiable exposure associated with small-to-moderate increases in risk of most histologic subtypes of epithelial ovarian cancer.”
The FDA even took up the issue, performing a survey of talc products to search for asbestos contamination. While it did not find any asbestos fibers or structures in any samples it examined, it notes the results were limited. “[O]nly four talc suppliers submitted samples,” the FDA notes, also mentioning that the results are limited by the number of products tested. They conclude, “While the FDA finds these results informative, they do not prove that most or all talc or talc-containing cosmetic products…in the United States are likely to be free of asbestos contamination.”
Recent Lawsuit for Talcum Powder Manufacturer
A 56-year-old woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer sued the manufacturer of Shower to Shower powder, Johnson & Johnson. Medical experts microscopically examined Berg’s cancer tissue and found the presence of talc particles. The jury found that her cancer was indeed linked to the product. According to the lawsuit, the woman had no other risk factors for ovarian cancer.
A South Dakota jury determined that Johnson & Johnson did not uphold its legal duty of adequately informing consumers of the risk of ovarian cancer. In fact, the first time the woman became aware of the link between talc and cancer was after her diagnosis. One of the doctors who testified in her case “has studied the association between talc and cancer for 30 years. He told jurors that talc probably was a contributing factor in 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year,” reports Drug Discovery & Development.
Injured Consumers Might Be Eligible for Restitution
If you or your loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used a talc-based product, speak to a lawyer and go over your legal options. If you file a suit against a manufacturer, you might be able to recover damages such as those listed below.
- Medical bills
- Medications, chemotherapy, surgeries and other treatments
- Lost wages
- Loss of benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional damages
- The effects of cancer on your daily life, relationships and future
Free Consultation with our Experienced Lawyer
To speak to a lawyer about your illness caused by a talc-based product, call Cordisco & Saile LLC. Our team handles dangerous product cases, and we are dedicated to helping injured consumers hold manufacturers responsible for their products.