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Talcum Powder and its Link to Ovarian Cancer

Many baby powder products are made from talc, which is a natural mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. Talc is chemically similar to asbestos, is often mined in the vicinity of asbestos mines, and can cause a type of ovarian cancer that histologically resembles mesothelioma.

Compelling evidence of a link between talc and ovarian cancer dates back to 1971 when scientists in Wales first found talc particles to be present in ovarian and cervical tumors. Since then, studies have shown that talc particles can travel through the genitourinary tract to the ovaries in the peritoneal cavity and become embedded in the tissue. Moreover, talc can cause an inflammatory response, and inflammation is thought to be a key contributing factor in the development of ovarian cancer.

Over the past several decades, numerous studies have indicated that there is an increased risk of ovarian cancer among women who use talc-based body powder in the genital or perineal area.  However, companies such as Johnson & Johnson have failed to warn consumers of known health risks associated with their talcum powder products. Rather than remove its talc-based products from the market or attach warning labels to their packages, Johnson & Johnson has continued to market and sell talc-based baby powder to unsuspecting customers.

Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer Risk

Approximately 20,000 women are newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in the United States. It is one of the most devastating and deadliest types of cancer. No regular screening tests are available, and early symptoms often go undetected. Therefore, most patients are not diagnosed until after the disease has already spread to other organs. According to epidemiological studies, the odds of developing ovarian cancer are about one in seventy; however, using talc-based powder increases the risk to one in fifty-three. It is estimated that baby powder may contribute to 2,500 new ovarian cancer diagnoses and 1,500 deaths annually.

Baby Powder Lawsuits

Over 1,000 women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn consumers of the risks associated with genital talc use. In February of 2016, a jury awarded $72 million dollars in damages to the family of a woman who lost her life to ovarian cancer after regularly using baby powder for decades. Johnson & Johnson was found to be liable for negligence, conspiracy, and failure to adequately warn women of potential risks. In May of 2016, a cancer survivor was awarded $55 million in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after she also claimed that talc in baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.

Philadelphia Medical Product Liability Lawyers at Shein Law Represent Cancer Victims Affected by Talc

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc-based baby powder, call Philadelphia medical product liability lawyers at Shein Law at 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652) or contact us online for a consultation. Companies that recklessly put people at risk for developing serious illnesses and diseases can and should be held accountable for their negligence and misconduct. We represent injured victims in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.