Product Liability: Talcum Powder May Cause Ovarian Cancer
Scientists have identified a disturbing link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder and other talcum-based products, which have been promoted for feminine hygiene uses in the U.S. and across the world for decades. A study published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research revealed a 24 percent increased risk of ovarian tumors among women who relied on talcum-based products for personal hygiene.
The Lanier Law Firm is investigating potential legal claims for ovarian cancer victims whose illnesses may be tied to talcum products, including Johnson & Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder products. The firm has launched a new website with additional information for victims and those who may be at risk at www.ovariancancerlawsuits.com.
Last year, a federal jury in South Dakota found that a woman’s use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum products contributed to her ovarian cancer. A Harvard University doctor who testified in the woman’s trial said that talcum products could be a contributing factor in as many as 10,000 ovarian cancer cases every year.
The suspected products contain talc, a naturally occurring mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate in a fibrous form. Talc is known for reducing skin friction and absorbing moisture, and it has been widely advertised by manufacturers for use in feminine hygiene for years. Many believe the link between talc and ovarian cancer can be attributed to talc particles traveling through the female reproductive system and causing prolonged inflammation of the ovaries, which can promote the growth of ovarian cancer cells.
Medical researchers have studied the potential link between talc and ovarian cancer for more than 40 years. At least six medical studies conducted since 1992 have shown an increased risk for ovarian cancer among users of talcum-based products. In 1971, a published report showed that talc increases the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Over the next four decades, multiple medical journals have documented the use of talcum powder and the development of ovarian cancer. Even with four decades of scientific proof, medical expert findings and research, talc is still an unregulated substance. The FDA will not issue an official warning against talcum powder use even though there are a number of scientific findings stating otherwise. The large corporations that manufacture talcum powder-based products have argued against the connection between ovarian cancer and talcum powder for decades. Now that there has been a legal victory against Johnson & Johnson, thousands of ovarian cancer victims can now seek compensation.
In response to the concerns over the link between talcum-based products and ovarian cancer, The Lanier Law Firm is investigating potential lawsuits for victims. The firm is a nationwide leader in product liability claims, and firm founder W. Mark Lanier regularly is recognized as one of the country’s top lawyers in cases involving significant personal injuries, pharmaceutical liability and other claims.
If you or a client has suffered from ovarian cancer after using talcum-based products, please call Lee Cirsch at 1-800-723-3216 immediately, or visit our contact page. We can work to evaluate your case and assist you and your client in receiving the proper compensation.