Used trustingly by many for personal hygiene, regular use of talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer. Studies were linking ovarian cancer to talcum powder date back as early as 1971 when researchers discovered particles of talc in the ovary tissues of study patients. These studies showed that weekly or daily use of baby powder in perineal areas increases the risk of cancer. Despite this link made by scientists and researchers, companies like Johnson & Johnson which manufacture or distribute products containing talc largely ignored it. The FDA does not regulate talc, and no warnings of the cancer link are printed on any consumer products containing the ingredient.
Ovarian cancer is a deadly health hazard and causes thousands of deaths every year. However, if caught in its early stages, the disease is treatable. Symptoms of ovarian cancer include weight loss, abdominal bloating, constipation, or frequent need to urinate. However, these are also associated with other benign conditions. Unfortunately, diagnosis is often missed or delayed until it becomes much harder to treat or has spread to other organs. In its later stages, the disease is often deadly.
Making a Talcum Powder Cancer Claim
Sacramento & Elk Grove patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer who have been using baby powder for intimate hygiene over a significant period should consult with an attorney immediately to determine if a claim or lawsuit is warranted. To establish if exposure to talcum powder likely caused ovarian cancer, ovarian tissues have to be analyzed. The samples used will be the same ones examined when the cancer was diagnosed. Talcum powder does not disintegrate for years often resulting in chronic inflammation, which is one of the reasons why it can be so harmful to the normal functioning of ovaries.
By filing a lawsuit, those in Sacramento & Elk Grove affected by a defective or dangerous product can obtain compensation. The fact is that, after more than forty decades of knowledge and lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson has issued no warnings. Without pressure from pending lawsuits, many manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson often choose to maximize profits at the expense of consumer safety. Recently, a jury in Missouri found Johnson & Johnson liable for $72 million in compensatory and punitive damages for a 62-year-old woman who died of ovarian cancer after using the company's baby powder for more than 35 years. (Source: Large verdicts against companies making and selling talcum products)
Contact John O'Brien & Associates
If you or a loved one has used baby powder regularly in the past and developed ovarian cancer, you may have a claim against the responsible manufacturer. The skilled and experienced Sacramento & Elk Grove-based lawyers at John M. O'Brien & Associates will accurately assess your case. Contact us as soon as possible and schedule a case review.