Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawyers
Research has revealed that the use of talcum powder and talcum powder products may lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is derived from the mineral talc, and it is used in many household products such as baby powder, body and facial powder, and even on feminine hygiene products. Regular use of these products is thought to lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or you’re suffering an injury that you think is linked to the use of talcum powder or talcum powder products, it is important that you contact an experienced Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer right away.
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Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits and Litigation
Some labels on baby powder products caution consumers against inhaling the substance and state that the product is for external use only. But what the label does not say is that there are studies dating back four decades ago that point to a link between the use of talc products and ovarian cancer. Attorneys representing plaintiffs who have been injured by talcum powder products have asserted that product manufacturers, such as Johnson & Johnson, have been aware of the serious health threat and cancer risk for years, but these companies have failed to warn consumers. Johnson & Johnson, on the other hand, has contended that the studies indicating a link between talcum powder and cancer are inconclusive and that the science is outdated and flawed. However, to date, Johnson & Johnson has lost jury verdicts in an amount totaling more than $724 million.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is essentially ground-up talc. Talc is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment, and it is composed primarily of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, talc can reduce friction and absorb moisture and thus it can be used to prevent rashes and keep skin dry. The type of talcum powder products that most individuals use in their homes today is derived from ground-up talc. Talcum powder is also typically used in baby powder and some cosmetic products such as adult body and facial powders. Some examples of everyday talcum powder products are Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Baby Powder.
In its basic form, talc can occasionally contain asbestos. Asbestos is a material or substance that when inhaled, has been proven to cause mesothelioma or a rare and fatal cancer that develops in the linings of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Since the 1970s, talcum powder products that consumers use in the home, at least in the United States, have been asbestos-free. However, before asbestos was banned from most consumer products containing talc, it is possible that asbestos was present in certain products like baby powder.
The Link between the Talcum Powder Products and Ovarian Cancer
Since 1971, scientists and researchers have studied whether there is a link between use of products that contain talc and cancer, including ovarian cancer. Products containing talcum powder are often used in or applied to the genital area in the form of body powder or baby powder and also comes in contact with the genitals due to the fact that it is sometimes dusted on sanitary napkins, tampons, diaphragms, or condoms. Since baby or other body powders are most often used on babies and small children after a diaper change, or used for personal hygiene, the talcum powder is known to reach the inside of the body through the vagina. When the powder travels via the vagina, it can irritate the genital tract, and settle in the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Talcum powder particles have even been found in tumors or lymph nodes of ovarian cancer patients, which only reinforces the link between ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder. Some scientific studies have revealed that using talcum powder can increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by up to thirty percent.
Regrettably, some talcum powder product manufacturers have not warned consumers of the possible deadly connection between using talcum powder in the genital area and the risk of ovarian cancer. If you or someone you know is fighting ovarian cancer that you believe is due to the use of talcum powder, it is important that you contact an experienced and dedicated Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer right away. At Parker Waichman LLP, we are always investigating and reviewing claims that involve the potential link between injuries, including ovarian cancer, and the use of products containing talcum powder and you can be sure that we will strive to obtain the compensation that you need and deserve.
Knowledge Regarding the Link between Talcum Powder Products and Ovarian Cancer
As discussed above, the possible connection between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer is not a unique or new idea. It is thought that one of the first scientific reports that made a connection between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer came out in 1971. The scientists who conducted the study discovered that ovarian cancer patients tended to have talc fibers present in their ovaries. Because of this study, scientists, physicians, and other health care professionals began to consider that there might actually be a substantial link between the use of products containing talcum powder and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Other studies that have occurred since then have suggested a stronger connection between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. For instance, a study that was published in the American Cancer Society’s journal, Cancer, in 1982 identified that women who on a regular basis, use sanitary napkins dusted with talcum powder had a higher chance of ovarian cancer than women who did not use products containing talcum powder. In 2003, a study reported in Anticancer Research discovered that women who used talcum powder in their genital area on a weekly basis had a greater risk of ovarian cancer. A 2008 study also linked the regularity or frequency of use of talcum powder products with the threat of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In this study, scientists reported that women who used talcum powder products on a daily basis had a forty-one percent greater chance of developing ovarian cancer than women who did not use products containing talcum powder.
Even though these studies are alarming, talcum powder products are essentially still unregulated. Talcum powder product manufacturers like Valeant Pharmaceuticals or Johnson & Johnson, do not have to put a warning label on their products that contain talcum powder because according to a 1930s law, the Food and Drug Administration does not have the authority to regulate cosmetics.
As a result, some physicians and health care professionals are urging consumers to be wary when deciding whether to use products containing talcum powder. Notably, many physicians are warning that consumers should not put talcum powder products near or in the genitals due to the fact that there is strong science indicating a potential connection between the use of talcum powder products and ovarian cancer.
Injury Statistics from the Use of Talcum Powder Products
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that occurs when abnormal cells multiply quickly on or near a woman’s ovaries. Although ovarian cancer is a rare form of cancer, it is considered to be one of the deadliest. This is due to the fact that ovarian cancer can be hard to detect and many times, by the time it is diagnosed, it can be too late for the victim to receive life-saving treatment. A woman has a one out of seventy-five chance of developing ovarian cancer in her lifetime, and of these women, about 14,000 of them will die of the cancer in a single year. In fact, ovarian cancer is considered the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
It has been reported that approximately eighty-five percent of ovarian cancers are sporadic, meaning they are unrelated to family history or genetics. This also means that there might be other factors that can cause or contribute to a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. One factor that is thought to increase your risk of ovarian cancer is the regular use of products that contain talcum powder. Some studies indicate that of the nearly twenty thousand U.S. women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, more than two thousand of these diagnoses may have been caused by the regular use of products containing talcum powder. What this means is that ten percent of the annual ovarian cancer diagnoses are linked to the use of talcum powder products. Other studies have suggested that long-term and consistent use of talcum powder on the genitals may increase a woman’s odds of developing ovarian cancer to about one in fifty-three.
Grand Jury Probing J&J’s Claims its Talc Contains No Asbestos
A federal grand jury in Washington is probing claims by Johnson & Johnson that its talcum powder does not contain asbestos. The company is defending numerous lawsuits against it related to plaintiffs’ development of mesothelioma, and it has continuously stated that its talcum powder is safe and free of asbestos.
Johnson & Johnson Sales Declining
Johnson & Johnson is a pharmaceutical and health care product giant. It makes products under the well-known brands of Tylenol, Band-Aid, Aveeno, and Neutrogena. It has grown throughout the decades in part because of the success of its baby care line, which includes its longstanding talcum powder product, Johnson’s Baby Powder. The company also used to own Shower-to-Shower talcum powder.
While still a staple in many homes, Johnson & Johnson has seen a decline in sales in recent years. In 2011, sales losses started mounting, and in the first quarter of 2018, sales were down 14 percent in the United States. The company said that its sales dip might have been due to a complacency brought on by its time-tested success.
Johnson & Johnson acknowledged that it has not kept up with the times or its changing customer base. Younger consumers and parents are moving toward natural products with ingredients they recognize. Johnson & Johnson might also be taking a hit because of publicity surrounding some of its products, including its baby powder. Shares of Johnson & Johnson declined more than 4 percent upon news of the federal investigation, and consumer confidence in the safety of the company’s products might be waning.
DOJ Investigation Focusing on Asbesto
The investigation currently in progress by the U.S. Department of Justice is focused on Johnson & Johnson’s claims regarding its talcum powder and asbestos. The company is adamant that it has always used pure, asbestos-free talc to make its products. However, documents uncovered during litigation have raised questions about the company’s truthfulness.
Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma and other diseases, and it is naturally occurring in many talc deposits. Inhalation of asbestos-contaminated talc could lead to mesothelioma. Johnson & Johnson disputes that it has ever used talc that contained asbestos, but in internal memos dating back to the 1960s, scientists for Johnson and & Johnson wrote that asbestos found in the company’s talc was a serious health hazard.
The DOJ appears to be in the process of uncovering the facts about what Johnson & Johnson knew and when. The DOJ reportedly launched the probe earlier this year and sent subpoenas to Johnson & Johnson in February. In July, reports came out that a grand jury was involved, and the DOJ was looking into the possibility that Johnson & Johnson lied about potential carcinogens in its talcum powder. Johnson & Johnson still denies that its powder contains asbestos or has the potential to cause cancer.
The investigation will likely take a long period of time to complete, and it is unclear what outcome will result from the grand jury’s findings.
Talcum Powder Also Under Fire in Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
In addition to the lawsuits and federal investigation regarding asbestos, Johnson & Johnson is under fire from lawsuits that claim its talcum powder causes ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene. In the 1970s, scientists discovered talc embedded in cancerous tumors of the ovaries, and women and their families allege that Johnson & Johnson knew about this science and hid it from the public.
Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
In 2013, an ovarian cancer victim filed the first U.S. lawsuit that claimed that talcum powder free of asbestos causes ovarian cancer. The victim was diagnosed in 2006 with stage 3 ovarian cancer after doctors found blood clotting in her ovaries during a pelvic exam. When the victim’s doctors examined the cancerous tissues found in her body, they found particles of talc that had grown embedded in the tissues. The doctors thereafter concluded that talcum powder had caused the victim’s ovarian cancer.
The victim’s lawsuit asserted that Johnson & Johnson negligently failed to warn consumers that talc, which is a main ingredient in the company’s Shower to Shower product, had the potential to cause ovarian cancer. In the lawsuit, the victim claimed that she had used Johnson’s product in her genital area on a daily basis since she was eighteen. She was forty-nine when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The victim had experts testify regarding the link between the use of talcum powder and the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Since this 2013 verdict, hundreds of individuals have filed lawsuits in federal and state courts, and at least two class-action lawsuits have been filed. Currently, there are nearly 1,000 pending cases in Missouri, and because of Missouri’s law, many of the claimants reside outside of the state.
In August of 2017, a California jury awarded $417 million to an ovarian cancer victim. In this case, the victim asserted that Johnson & Johnson knew about the health risks associated with talc but continued to sell it anyway. The victim had used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for more than forty years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This trial was the first one to happen outside of Missouri, and it is what is known as a bellwether trial meaning that it is a test case to determine the effectiveness of both sides of the argument. There are now more than three hundred victims who have filed talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in California. These cases have been consolidated.
It should be noted that talcum powder cases have also been consolidated in New Jersey. As of September 2017, more than eight hundred cases were pending in a U.S. District Court under a multidistrict litigation.
Requirements for Filing a Talcum Powder Lawsuit
As the above information reveals, it seems as though talcum powder lawsuits are more often successful than not, and any issues that do arise that might deny a victim recovery are those having to do with jurisdiction and venue or state that the suit is actually filed in, or whether a plaintiff in a lawsuit actually had ovarian cancer, and less with the actual injuries to the actual victims. Thus, if you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer that you believe is connected to your use of talcum powder, you should still seriously consider contacting an experienced Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer right away.
In a lawsuit, whether a particular talcum powder product caused your ovarian cancer will generally depend on whether you meet a number of specific criteria. Many of these factors are used by experienced Talcum Powder Injury Lawyers to determine whether you or your family can file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured and sold the product.
The primary factors that are used to establish whether a lawsuit can be filed include:
- You must have been diagnosed with an ovarian-type
- You must have used a talcum powder product, whether it was Shower to Shower, Baby Powder, or some other talc-derived product, on a daily and regular basis for at least five years. When it comes to this factor, you can establish your daily routine through your own testimony or that of a family member.
- You must be able to identify who manufactured the particular talcum powder product that you used.
- Your daily routine must have included dusting your genital area with the talcum powder product.
- You must be able to produce a positive biopsy that provides evidence that talcum powder was present. Typically, these biopsy results should be in your medical records.
- You generally must not have a genetic disorder that pre-disposes you to ovarian cancer such as the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes. This information should also be contained in your medical records.
But Why Would I Want to File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
As an American, you have a right to believe that the products you are using are safe. Many brands strive to make sure that their customers are safe, but unfortunately, some products can still end up dangerous or can pose risks to consumers, and they might be recalled. Recalls are typically voluntary, but sometimes a brand will flat out deny that their product is unsafe and in these instances, if might be necessary to file a lawsuit. Some of the reasons why you may want to file a lawsuit if you have developed ovarian cancer after using a talcum powder product include:
- You can receive compensation for medical expenses associated with your injury or illness, including costs for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and follow-up care.
- You can be compensated for lost wages if you are unable to work because of your injury or illness.
- You can also be compensated for pain and suffering or other emotional distress you’ve experienced as a result of your injury or illness.
- If your family member has died as a result of talcum powder-related ovarian cancer, your family might be entitled to some of the damages listed above as well as other costs such as funeral expenses.
What to Expect after Filing a Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Lawsuits against large companies are usually complex and can take an extended period of time to resolve. It could be months or even years before your case reaches a settlement or goes to trial. Most if not all talcum powder injury cases come down to a client’s medical records, which will provide information linking the ovarian cancer to talcum powder products. Reviewing these records, investigating the claim, retaining expert witnesses, and collecting other evidence can all take some time. Accordingly, do not expect your case to resolve right away, and if you grow frustrated with or confused about the process, our experienced Talcum Powder Injury Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP, are always here to answer questions should they arise. Moreover, you can rest assured that our dedicated lawyers are always working to obtain the best possible results in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Talcum Powder Injury Lawsuits & Settlements
Q: Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer to take on my Talcum Powder Injury claim?
A: Lawsuits involving large product manufacturers and insurance companies can be complicated, and when you are dealing with unpaid bills, mounting expenses, and a loss of quality of life all while trying to deal with or recover from your illness, the last thing you want to do is to take these companies on by yourself. A skilled personal injury attorney will be familiar with the process, know what records and evidence they need to prove your case, will have extensive experience dealing with large companies and other attorneys, and will not be afraid to take your case to trial. With an experienced Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer by your side, your chances of obtaining successful results in your case only increase. Remember also that we don’t get paid unless and until your case results in a favorable settlement or you win at trial so call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Q: Is there a deadline for filing a talcum powder injury lawsuit?
A: If you’ve suffered an injury or other damages, including ovarian cancer, from talcum powder, you have a legal right to compensation. All over the United States, lawsuits are being filed against drug companies who manufactured and sold talcum powder products. As with all personal injury claims, there are specific deadlines or time limits for filing a case. These deadlines, also known as statutes of limitations, differ from state to state. Accordingly, to determine your particular deadline for filing a lawsuit, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer in order to preserve and protect your legal right to compensation.
Q: Do I have a claim for damages if I think my ovarian cancer is due to talcum powder usage?
A: In most instances, if you’ve or a loved one been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of using talcum powder products, you likely will be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for those injuries and other damages. Many individuals around the country have already filed lawsuits seeking compensation for their ovarian cancer that was caused by talcum powder. In order to find out whether you can actually sue the company that is responsible for your cancer or other injuries, the experienced Talcum Powder Injury Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP, will first need to review your case, including your medical records to determine whether there is a link between the use of talcum powder and your cancer. Contact one of our lawyers today to discuss your case.
Q: Can I file a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who died from talcum-powder-caused ovarian cancer?
A: The type of ovarian cancer that is caused by talcum powder products is rare, but it can be deadly. When a victim of ovarian cancer dies, the surviving family members have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible. Wrongful death cases can provide compensation to family members who have lost a loved one, including a parent, spouse, child, or sibling. The damages that a surviving family might receive can include compensation for the loss of the loved one’s earnings, their loss of support, and their loss of love and companionship. While monetary compensation cannot bring your loved one back, it can go a long way towards reducing some of the financial stress you and your family might be feeling after their death. At Parker Waichman LLP, our experienced Talcum Powder Injury Lawyers also have the skills and the resources necessary for filing and pursuing a wrongful death case on behalf of your loved one.
Q: Am I at risk of developing ovarian cancer from talcum powder?
A: According to the research, any woman who uses or has used a talcum powder product in their genital area on a regular basis might be at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. As discussed above, the risk of developing cancer if you’ve used a talc product is higher than for women who don’t use a talc product.
Q: What products are involved in Talcum Powder Injury Lawsuits?
A: For nearly fifty years, women have used Shower to Shower in their genital area in order to absorb moisture and/or cover up vaginal odors. Johnson & Johnson continues to market this product even though they have knowledge of the link between use of the product and ovarian cancer. The other Johnson & Johnson product that has a cancer connection is their Baby Powder. This product has been used for generations to treat diaper rash or odors in the genital area.
Q: Should I stop using products that contain talcum powder?
A: There are many studies out there that indicate a strong correlation between the use of talcum powder products and the chance of developing ovarian cancer. Although opponents will argue that the studies are inconclusive and not yet definitive, it is probably a good idea to refrain from using talcum powder at least in the genital area. If you do have to use a talcum powder product, you should try to use precautions so as not to inhale it. In addition, look at the labels on products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, diaphragms, and even condoms and try to avoid purchasing those products that are dusted in a talc product.
Q: Has there been a talcum powder recall or has the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of
consumer products containing talcum powder?
A: Despite the fact that studies suggest that there is an association between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer, a recall on talcum powder has never been issued. In addition, the FDA has yet to ban the use of products containing talcum powder let alone require that product manufacturers provide a cancer warning to consumers. Many experts and consumer safety groups have called for an FDA cancer warning on talcum powder products. The World Health Organization classifies talc without asbestos as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
Q: Are there any other diseases that are linked to talcum powder use?
A: While the evidence is inconclusive, some studies have suggested that talcum powder, when it enters the body, can lead to an inflammatory response or chronic irritation. Use of talc-based powders may also cause respiratory problems. Some other diseases that are thought to be caused or associated with talcum powder use include cervical cancer, uterine cancer, lung cancer, respiratory diseases, and in some instances, asbestos-related diseases.
TALK WITH ONE OF OUR TALCUM POWDER OVARIAN CANCER LAWYERS TODAY
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with and is suffering from ovarian cancer that you believe is the result of regular use of products containing talcum powder, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer at Parker Waichman LLP, right away in order to preserve and protect your rights to compensation.
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