Multiple scientific studies, including a meta-analysis of studies conducted of nearly 12,000 women published in the journal Anticancer Research in 2003, have found that weekly perineal dusting of talcum powder increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 33%. Despite evidence from four decades of scientific research on the topic, talc is not regulated for use in cosmetics in the United States.
Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease, which will claim an estimated 14,180 women in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society.
The first talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson and the talc-mining companies Luzenac America and Rio Tinto Materials in 2013 and won. A federal jury in South Dakota found that the plaintiff’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer was linked to her regular use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products over the three decades prior.
Baby powder cancer lawsuits are just one type of product liability lawsuit Johnson & Johnson has faced in recent years. In addition to the dangers connected with its baby powder and body powder products, Johnson & Johnson has issued major recalls for faulty DePuy hip replacement systems (MDL 2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio), many of its Tylenol products, and Bausch & Lomb contact lenses, among others.
Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South is now investigating cases in which women have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of talcum powder use for perineal hygiene. Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South is known for its skill in representing the interests of individual Americans and their families who have been harmed by dangerous or defective products against enormous entities including cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and medical device corporations. Women or family members of those who have suffered ovarian cancer after talcum powder use may contact Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South through the firm’s talcum powder cancer website in order to learn more about their legal options or receive a free case review.
Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South also welcomes talcum powder lawsuit inquiries from other law firms, either to handle these inquiries or work as co-counsel.
Talcum Powder Cancer
Talcum powder has been found to cause ovarian cancer when used by women for perineal hygiene. Johnson & Johnson, a major manufacturer of talc-based baby powder and body powder, has been accused of failing to warn consumers of the risks of regular talcum powder use.
As many as 10,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year as a result of their baby powder use.Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Daniel CramerOvarian cancer is a serious disease and is expected to result in more than 14,000 deaths this year in the United States.
The first talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit was brought – and won – against Johnson & Johnson in federal court in 2013. A lawyer representing the cosmetic giant admitted executives had known about the association between baby powder and ovarian cancer for years but did not deem the risk significant enough to require a product warning. Baby powder cancer lawsuits are just the most recent in a long list of product liability lawsuits resulting from Johnson & Johnson’s dangerous, defective and recalled products. Once a trusted household name, the company’s reputation has deteriorated due to problems with products such as Tylenol, Bausch & Lomb contact lenses, DePuy hip replacement parts, and now talcum powder.
Women or family members of those who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc-based baby powder or body powder products may have grounds to file a talcum powder cancer lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit enables families to seek compensation for medical care, pain, suffering, and loss associated with ovarian cancer. The Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Center offers comprehensive information on baby powder ovarian cancer and baby powder lawsuits, as well as the legal services provided by our talcum powder cancer lawyers.
Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Risk
The talcum powder cancer risk has been documented in major medical journals throughout the past four decades. The first indication that talc increases women’s risk for ovarian cancer surfaced in a 1971 report, when a study of patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer revealed talc particles in ovarian tissues. Companies such as the cosmetics corporation Johnson & Johnson, and talc mining company, Luzenac America, and its parent company, Rio Tinto Materials, who manufacture and market talcum powder products including women’s body powder and baby powder, have argued against the connection between talc and cancer since that earliest finding.
Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Risk
Talc, the key ingredient in baby powder, is a naturally occurring mineral that is found throughout the world. Talc is a soft mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. The substance is mined, crushed, dried, and milled for use in consumer products. Talc is used for a variety of household and industrial purposes. In the case of baby powder, talc is renowned for its ability to absorb moisture, reduce friction and prevent rashes. Talc-based products have been marketed to women for genital hygiene purposes as body powder and genital deodorant sprays. Talc particles may also enter the female reproductive system through tampons, sanitary pads and diaphragms that are dusted with baby powder. Talc particles that reach the ovaries can result in the growth of ovarian cancer cells. Experts estimate that roughly one in five American women applies talcum powder to her genitals on a regular basis.
The decades of research on the role of baby powder in bringing about cancer cell development indicate that women who expose their genital area regularly to talcum powder products are three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer as women who refrain from baby powder use. Research indicates that talc particles in the ovaries cause an inflammatory response, which has a range of medical implications. Among these, inflammation in the ovaries can cause increased cell proliferation and damage to DNA, which can result in the malignant transformation of cells, or ovarian cancer. Talc is poorly soluble, meaning particles from baby powder can remain intact within body tissues for many years.