Talc, the main ingredient in talcum powder, is comprised of oxygen, magnesium and silicon. It is very effective in not only reducing friction but also absorbing moisture, which is why many people use it to prevent rashes and keep their skin dry. It is used in baby powder as well as many other facial and body powders used by adults. For decades, women have used talc-based products for feminine hygiene. However, there now may be a link between the use of these products and the development of ovarian cancer.
TALCUM POWDER LINKED TO OVARIAN CANCER
For many years, talcum powder has been used by women for feminine hygiene. A study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 20-30%. When used daily, that risk increases to 41%. As multiple lawsuits are now bringing to light, talc powder may not be as safe as once thought. In 1982, a study found that women who used talcum powder on the perineum had a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Despite this possible link, pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) has not placed warnings about this risk on their talcum powder products, J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. It has been alleged that J&J knew about the ovarian cancer risk and failed to warn women using these products yet J&J continues to sell and promote products containing talcum powder despite the potentially life altering consequences for their customers.
Over 1,200 lawsuits are pending against J&J for its talc-based products which have linked to the development of ovarian cancer. On Feb. 24, 2016, Reuters News reported that a Missouri jury awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using J&J’s baby powder – as well as Shower to Shower body powder – for approximately 35 years. The plaintiffs in the case claimed that J&J was aware of the risk of talcum powder as far back as the 1980s, yet chose not to warn consumers. The jury found J&J liable for conspiracy, negligence and fraud.
HOW WE CAN HELP
If you or a love one has used talcum powder and later developed ovarian cancer, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit. For more information, or to speak with someone experienced in handling drug injury cases call us toll-free at 1.888.213.0761 or fill our free case review form. FrancoLaw is experienced in handling defective drug cases and we welcome any questions you may have.
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