Unfortunately, for years many medical professionals were hesitant about suggesting that their patients use talcum powder because they knew it was dangerous for babies and for children to breathe in this substance. It turns out that there may be risks for adults, too.
Now numerous women are filing lawsuits arguing that these powder products raised their risk for ovarian cancer. These individuals are taking legal action against Johnson & Johnson, the major distributor of talcum powder in the United States.
In the year 2014, the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson found itself the subject of two separate class action lawsuits, both of which alleged the company is responsible for women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products. The year before this, one South Dakota resident was successful with her legal claim against Johnson & Johnson because she was never warned that more than 30 years of use of the baby powder could put her at greater risk for developing ovarian cancer. That individual was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Women and Talcum Powder
For many decades, women thought it was safe to use these talcum based products on sanitary pads, undergarments or on their body directly in order to keep their groin area comfortable, cool and fresh. During this process, the reproductive tracts of many of the women who used this talcum powder were exposed to risks.
Although medical research is still determining the true impact of talcum powder, initial data indicate that consistent use of this product could increase a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer. One of the biggest challenges in this lawsuit has to do with the fact that the manufacturer did not publish a warning on their product’s label. This is why women filing lawsuits around the country are arguing that they were never properly warned about the risk of potential ovarian cancer.
What Should I Do Now?
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after years of use of talcum powder, you may be able to file a claim through a personal injury lawsuit. Speaking with a team of experienced legal professionals can advise you of the validity of your claim and your possible next steps moving forward. Since medical studies thus far have not been able to prove that use of talcum powder is completely safe, you may be better off consulting with an attorney to determine whether you have grounds for a claim or not. Although the debate about the true severity of the risks posed by this product still rages on, educating yourself and determining whether talcum powder could be partly or fully responsible for an ovarian cancer diagnosis is your best bet.
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Early Medical Research
The original link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer was discovered in 1971 in a medical study that demonstrated talc particles in the ovarian tissue for cancer patients. This was the first instance in which medical professionals realized that women could be at risk for a consistent use of these products. Despite these original findings, companies like Johnson & Johnson have continued to argue against the severity of the risks posed by talcum powder.
As a result of the first settlement in 2013, attorneys around the country have begun representing clients who believe that ovarian cancer may have been caused by talcum powder usage. If you or someone you know has dealt with an ovarian cancer diagnosis after using talcum powder, have your case evaluated today. The Goldwater Law Firm understands that it can be devastating to deal with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer or the treatments used to eradicate it. If your cancer may have been caused by use of talcum powder, it is in your best interests to consult with an attorney sooner rather than later. A successful case could lead to compensation for your injuries and suffering.
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