Talcum powder products, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower Body Powder, may increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Research suggests that when the powder is applied for feminine hygiene purposes, the talc may migrate into the fallopian tubes, uterus, and ovaries.
It appears that the companies failed to provide consumers adequate warnings about the potential health risks of the use of talcum powder. Hundreds of lawsuits and class action lawsuits have been filed. One recent case came to a resolution with a $72 million jury award in February 2016. Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. is currently accepting baby powder induced injury cases nationwide.
What Is Talcum Powder
According to allegations raised in talcum powder lawsuits, manufacturers placed their desire for profits before consumer safety by withholding information regarding the potential cancer risk from consumers for years.
Talcum powder, also known as baby or body powder, is a cosmetic product produced and distributed under various brand names by large companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, and their subsidiaries.
Talc is a mineral comprised primarily of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. When talc is ground into powder form, it can absorb moisture and reduce friction. One of the most frequent uses of talcum powder is to help keep skin dry and prevent rashes.
One of the most common uses of talcum powder is to prevent or treat rashes in babies. However, women also use talc powder for feminine hygiene. In fact, most talcum-based products are commonly marketed as “Body Powder,” such as Shower-to-Shower and other brand names.
Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer? The Risks:
Research has linked talcum powder to causing serious and deadly forms of ovarian cancer. The use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product can cause talc particles to enter the body through the vagina and travel into the ovaries and remained trapped for years. These particles can cause inflammation and are alleged to lead to the growth of ovarian cancer cells.
Although Johnson & Johnson and other defendants involved in talcum powder lawsuits maintain that talcum powder is safe for consumer use, plaintiffs in ovarian cancer lawsuits claim that studies clearly show a link between talc and ovarian cancer, dating to as early as 1971. Furthermore, the lawsuits claim that Johnson & Johnson was put on notice in 1994 of a “conclusive” link between talc and ovarian cancer in a letter sent from the Cancer Prevention Coalition to the then-CEO of the company.
These talcum powder cancer lawsuits further allege that the defendants provided inadequate warnings of the hazards associated with the talc products to consumers, even though they had knowledge of these dangers.
Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits
Hundreds of talcum powder lawsuits and class actions have already been filed. In February 2016, one of these lawsuits ended in a $72 million jury award. Johnson & Johnson lost another verdict over this product on May 2, 2016 when a Missouri jury awarded $55 million.
How a Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Can Help
When individuals suffer from severe side effects from a dangerous or defective product, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. They may seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If an individual dies from complications caused by a defective product, their loved ones may be entitled to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one.
Affected women and their families are encouraged to seek the advice of a talcum powder lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies. At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we are aggressive in demanding justice on behalf of innocent victims who have been injured due to any unsafe products, especially products such as talcum powder. We demand the manufacturers to be held responsible for releasing an unsafe and ineffective product that proved fatal for mass consumption.
How We Can Help
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you should immediately contact our lawyers for a free consultation. For additional information about your legal options or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.