Talcum Powder and its link to ovarian cancer

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Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?

Talc and Ovarian Cancer

For decades, scientists have been studying the possible link in between ovarian cancer and baby powder. It is believed that talc powder, when used near the genital areas, can travel to the ovaries and become embedded in the ovarian tissue. While talc is a natural mineral, it is very hard for the body to get rid of the particles and, as a result, inflammation may take place and cancerous tumors may form.

In 1982, researchers discovered that females using talcum powder throughout ovulation were at a 92 percent increased threat of establishing ovarian cancer. During the next three decades, an additional 21 research studies were performed on talc powder, and practically all of these research studies discovered that women utilizing these items near their genital areas were at an increased risk for establishing ovarian cancer.

To date, both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society think about talc usage near the genitals as a “danger element” for ovarian cancer. Despite this possible link, Johnson & Johnson and other talc powder makers have actually not put warnings about this danger on their products.

Talc and Mesothelioma cancer

Among brand-new information discovered last year, are hundreds of pages of memos that show Johnson & Johnson's baby powder could possibly be polluted with asbestos. In one finding, Johnson & Johnson required that the federal government block unfavorable findings from the public.

A major initial triumph for individuals taking legal action against Johnson & Johnson dates back to 2013, when a jury found that Johnson & Johnson must warn women about the threat of getting ovarian cancer when using its talcum and baby powders near the genital areas. In that case, the plaintiff declared that she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products for almost thirty years.

According to the lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson learned of the link between talc powder and cancer because as early as 1982, when a landmark research study found that females utilizing these products as hygienic powders were at a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson Recalls and Eliminates Talc-Based Baby Powder

As a result of the wave of lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson recalled some batches of their line of talc-based powders in October 2019, and completely removed all of their talc-based powders from the marketplace in May 2020.

However this does not get rid of the liability the business may have for any damages triggered by their talc-based products in the past. If you or a loved one were identified with cancer after utilizing talc-based powders, you may be eligible for compensation. Give us a call today for a free case review.

What is talc?

Talc is a soft, naturally occurring mineral made from oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. After talc is mined and processed, the resulting fine powder is used in a range of cosmetic items.

What is talc used for?

Talc appears in a vast array of products, including talc (talcum powder), feminine health products, makeup, lotions, and deodorant. As baby powder is known for its odor- and moisture-absorbing properties, some females use it in their genital area. Genital exposure to the mineral can likewise take place throughout prophylactic, menstrual pad, or diaphragm use.

Why is talc harmful?

In nature, talc deposits are typically discovered near harmful build-ups of the carcinogenic mineral asbestos. Asbestos has actually been connected to numerous types of cancer, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, a rare illness of the lungs. Even trace amounts of asbestos have the prospective to trigger cancer, and diagnoses are frequently made years after a talc-containing item was used.

The federal government required talc-based products to be asbestos-free starting in the 1970s. In addition, there is evidence that businesses continued to offer talc items that tested positive for asbestos long after regulations went into effect. A current Reuters report showed that Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder included asbestos from 1971 through the early 2000s, exposing customers to severe dangers for decades.

The International Journal of Gynecological Cancer specifies that women who utilize talc on their genital area have a 30% to 60% increased threat of cancer. Researchers think that talc causes illnesses by provoking persistent swelling of the fallopian tubes, uterus, and ovaries, and possibly reducing cancer-fighting antibodies.

Baby powder also has been connected to mesothelioma cancer, an uncommon lung cancer. When the little airborne particles get in the lungs, they can trigger irritation, persistent inflammation, and the ultimate formation of malignant growths.

Why are individuals filing lawsuits?

Thousands of individuals who have actually been identified with ovarian cancer and mesothelioma cancer have filed lawsuits against businesses that utilize talc in their products. Johnson & Johnson has been at the center of numerous current suits, with victims claiming that they developed cancer after using the company's talc-based items regularly for several years.

Another essential element of the suits involves prosecuting lawyers' claims that manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson understood for over 40 years that their products contained asbestos. According to internal J&J documents, the business and refused to put security warnings on its products or eliminate them from sales racks.

Let Us Review Your Case for Free

If you suffered complications or developed cancer linked to talcum powder use, the team from The Law Offices of Betz and Baril can take legal action on your behalf. We pursue compensation for you, building a strong case on your behalf.

Our team conducts a full investigation to learn the facts of your case. As a part of this investigation, we identify and collect:

  • Medical bills
  • Receipts
  • Tax forms and wage statements
  • Any proof of your pain and suffering
  • Other documentation of your losses and expenses

Talk to a Talcum Powder Lawsuit Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered from ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, the team from the Law Offices of Betz and Baril is here to help. We offer free case reviews and can help you understand your legal options.

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We handle all talcum powder cases on a contingency fee basis, so you won't owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you.

Call us today at 888-333-1599 for your free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.