A new study finds that women who use talcum baby powder products for feminine hygiene face an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. The study – conducted by researchers at the Tisch Cancer Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York – was published this month in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention.
According to the study, women who used talcum powder products in the genital area for feminine hygiene were 20% more likely to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer than non-users. The researchers based their findings on 24 previously published studies involving over 300,000 patients with ovarian cancer.
Although researchers identified a statistically significant link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, the authors of the study wrote that they were unable to identify the precise mechanism by which the cancer occurs. Other studies have suggested that talc particles that become imbedded in the ovaries may cause tissue irritation that can lead to cancer.
Lawsuits against J&J Over Talc and Cancer Link
Johnson & Johnson – the manufacturer of Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talcum baby powder products – is facing thousands of lawsuits filed on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products. These lawsuits have alleged that Johnson & Johnson has been aware of the link between talcum powder use and an increased cancer risk since at least the 1970s, but continued to market their products to women despite this risk.
Three of the talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson that have gone to trial in Missouri have resulted in multimillion dollar verdicts against the company. In February 2016, jurors awarded $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama women who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum baby powder products. In May 2016, a woman who underwent a total hysterectomy after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer linked to talcum powder was awarded $55 million. In November, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $70 million to another women who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The fourth talcum powder lawsuit Johnson & Johnson in Missouri is currently underway.
Talcum Powder Users May Qualify to File a Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with an attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the first steps in filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson currently represent more than 150 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder. Our attorneys have taken on some of the largest corporations in the world on behalf of our clients, including cases involving dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and other hazardous consumer products. Our law firm believe that when consumers are injured by the negligence of a corporation or other parties, they have the right to know that their legal interests will be fully represented in a court of law.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the financial resources to handle cases involving personal injury or product liability from start to finish. In many instances, our firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial on behalf of our clients. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.
For more information about filing a talcum powder lawsuit and to find out if you qualify to file a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions to get started.