Talc ovarian cancer cases have had a positive impact on public health and safety, and we have witnessed improved lives and future injuries prevented as large companies are forced to remove unsafe products and change designs and warnings as a result of litigation.
While the link between asbestos and mesothelioma is long-established, experts have only recently tasked with deciding whether asbestos exposure can cause ovarian cancer.
Some studies have shown an association between the two, while other studies have found no such link. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure, whereas ovarian cancer can be linked to various causes.
About 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, according to the American Cancer Society. There were 22,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Estimates say thousands more women could still be diagnosed with ovarian cancer due long-term use of baby powder in the genital region.
J&J has been inundated with lawsuits and many close to the company suggest they expect to pay millions in talcum settlements over the next several years. Thousands of women are still at ovarian cancer risk after using baby powder products in the genital region for an extended period of time.
Ovarian cancer and mesothelioma are the two more common cancers linked to talc asbestos exposure, though other illnesses and cancers may be caused by the same toxic products.
Talc is a common industrial and personal use mineral that sits on the shelves of most American homes in some form of talcum powder. Because talc is exceptionally absorbent it is frequently used in cosmetic and antiperspirant products like baby powder, color cosmetics, toothpastes, antiperspirant deodorant, and makeup.
Yet, though talc has been used for over a hundred years scientists are now discovering that some of its applications can cause ovarian cancer in humans. Within the past 5 years two plaintiffs have won cases against Johnson & Johnson on the grounds that their products increase user’s risks of developing ovarian cancer. Medical studies have found strong, statistically significant relationships between genital talc usage and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Some talc-based baby powder has been removed from the shelves and replaced with alternative products. Johnson & Johnson discontinued their original baby powder formula, but only in North America.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer after many years of baby powder use, you may have a valuable claim against Johnson & Johnson or another talcum powder product manufacturer. The Lyon Firm specializes in toxic exposure lawsuits and product safety cases, and seeks the maximum compensation for injured plaintiffs.
Successful talc cancer cases have been tried in the last couple of years on the basis of a cancer diagnosis that followed extensive use of baby powder or talcum powder in the genital area. Plaintiffs were able to convince juries of a causation with evidence of both a dangerous product and a severe health consequence.
Johnson & Johnson appeals all lawsuits based on little scientific evidence that their product is safe. Is talcum powder the sole reason for ovarian cancer in the United States? No, but attorneys have argued that “contaminated” talc could have potentially caused cancer, just as other asbestos exposure has led to the diagnosis of thousands of cases of cancer in the past.
Corporations must be held accountable for their negligence when consumers are injured, and The Lyon Firm ensures that legal pressure will be applied for the betterment of the consumer.
The short answer is, yes. But medical experts have time and again reviewed patient data that has linked ovarian cancer to the use of talcum powder in the genital region. As a result, Johnson & Johnson is under criminal investigation for charges related to withholding information from consumers for may years.
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral primarily composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture, helping keep skin dry and preventing rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body powders.
Some talc, in its natural form, contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classifies talc that contains asbestos as “carcinogenic to humans.” There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, according to health and safety experts.
Even though this type of talc is not used in modern consumer products, questions remain about the exposure to talcum in any form. Based on evidence from human studies, the IARC classifies the genital use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Cancer rates and lawsuits suggest the risk is more than possible.
Defective products on the market like contaminated talcum powder present serious health hazards for adults and children. The manufacturers of consumer products have a duty to foresee potential health hazards and properly test products before they are released.
Companies must also properly warn consumers of any risks associated with their products. Any failure to protect consumers that results in accidents and injury can lead to lawsuits filed by plaintiffs and their product liability lawyer