Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer
Studies have shown that women who use talc-containing products as part of their feminine hygiene every day run a 30-60% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
The theory is based upon the notion that because talcum powder is made up of very fine particles it might be able to travel up the mucus membranes in the vaginal canal, create inflammation and eventually cancer. When applied to the genital region, talc may travel through the vagina, cervix, uterus and Fallopian tubes. Microscopic particles of talcum powder are believed to travel all the way to the ovaries along a similar path to that of sperm travelling to fertilize eggs.
Doctors have found talc particles inside cancerous ovarian tissue, as well as in pelvic lymph nodes.
Not all types of ovarian cancer have a suspected link to use of talcum powder. The types of cancer that are believed to be caused by DAILY long term use of talcum powder are primarily invasive serous and epithelial ovarian cancer.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Daniel Cramer testified in one of the court cases, that…
The American Cancer Society has yet to condemn the use of talcum powder in the perineal area of women, stating that the studies are “mixed.” But, the ACS advised women to use caution.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the perineal (genital) use of talc-based powders as possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
Johnson & Johnson Lawsuits
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed throughout the country against Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of the following talc-containing products:
Johnson & Johnson Lawsuits
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed throughout the country against Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of talc-containing products.
Thus far, in the cases that have made it to jury trial, J&J hasn’t fared so well. In St. Louis, a jury awarded a woman $70 million dollars. Two other cases resulted in substantial verdicts of $55 million and $72 million.
One of the most damning pieces of evidence that came out in the jury trial of these cases was a written communication between J&J and the supplier of the talc. This document proved that J&J was aware of the dangers presented by the talc for over 30 years. Yet, J&J has not removed talc from its products and they are still being sold today.
Some of these products appear benign. In fact, Johnson’s Baby Powder is one of the most iconic and seemingly safe products we know. So, many have questioned how it took doctors, lawyers and patients to raise the safety of this product.
One reason is that cosmetic products do not have to undergo FDA review or approval. Cosmetic manufacturers do have a legal obligation to ensure that the products they sell are safe and properly labeled to warn of any known risks. However, it isn’t until the FDA receives complaints that it investigates and takes any action it deems appropriate to protect the public safety. Thus far, the FDA has not taken any action. However, the juries who have heard all of the evidence in these cases have strongly sided with the women who claimed the talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a documented daily, long-term use of talcum powder, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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