The personal injury lawyers at Taylor Martino Rowan are reviewing potential lawsuits against the makers of talcum powder products. A study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that the use of talcum powder in the genital area by women leads to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. The data on 2,000 women showed that those who use talc body powder in their genital areas may have a 20-30 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who do not use talc powder.
The serious threat of ovarian cancer caused by talc-based baby powder has prompted ovarian cancer victims to pursue lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) lawyers admitted in federal court that the company had been aware of the research associating ovarian cancer with talc since the early 1980s, but J&J intentionally decided not to put warnings on their packaging or in their ads. Despite numerous studies that pointed to the connection between talc and ovarian cancer, neither Johnson & Johnson nor the FDA has ever warned American consumers of the risks. Even though the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that regular baby powder application leads to higher rates of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson continues to deny the connections and the risks. The first baby powder cancer lawsuit was recently won in 2013. A federal jury recently found that talcum contained in some Johnson & Johnson powders contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer.
Talc is a mineral comprised primarily of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. When ground into powder, talc can absorb moisture and reduce friction. Talcum powder is widely used to help keep skin dry and prevent rashes. When used on the genitals, however, dangerous talc particles can travel into the ovaries and remain trapped for years. These particles can cause inflammation and lead to the growth of ovarian cancer cells.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using either Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, contact the product liability attorneys at Taylor Martino Rowan at 1-800-256-7728 immediately for a free case evaluation.