Talcum powder has long been associated with infant care, and to some talcum powder is the quintessential baby product to have. However, just because a product is commonly used or has a long-term history of use does not necessarily mean that it is safe. Studies have recently revealed that the use of talcum powder can increase the user’s—or recipient’s—chances of developing ovarian cancer.
An experienced attorney can assist you if you believe your ovarian cancer is linked to your use of talcum powder at any point in your life. A talcum powder lawyer could review your circumstances and medical records to help determine if you have a valid claim for damages related to talcum powder use.
Talcum powder has also been marketed under the names talc powder, baby powder, and body powder. Johnson and Johnson and Valeant have marketed such products, all containing the talc mineral. Its uses include eliminating friction, providing a pleasant smell, protecting the skin, and soaking up moisture. Mothers have used it to help prevent and cure diaper rash as well as for their personal hygiene needs.
It has been found that using this powder on the genital or perineal areas either directly or indirectly can increase the risk in women—including female infants—of ovarian cancer. In fact, repeated or long-term use of talcum powder may double or even triple the risk of ovarian cancer development. Talcum powder can also travel into the genital or urinary tracts and cause irritation and inflammation.
Multiple studies, including one with nearly 20,000 subjects in 2013, have found that there is a correlated increase in the risk of ovarian cancer for women who have used talcum powder. Furthermore, a study by a Harvard epidemiologist in 2010 found that the use of talcum powder increased the risk of endometrial cancer by between 21 percent and 24 percent, and an analysis of over 15 observational studies on the link between perineal talcum powder use and ovarian cancer revealed a 33 percent increase in risk.
It is the job of a talcum powder lawyer to hold companies such as Johnson and Johnson accountable for withholding information from consumers regarding the link between female cancers and talcum powder use.
With so many female users of talcum powder coming forward, a mass tort lawsuit has been formed on their behalf. Such federal class action claims are governed by Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 28 USCA §1332 and allow numerous parties to seek compensation for their damages.
If you were diagnosed with endometrial or ovarian cancer, it may be linked to the use of talcum powder. An experienced talcum powder lawyer could review your diagnosis and use of talcum powder to help determine if your claim has merit.
If so, an attorney who is passionate about holding the manufacturers of talcum powder accountable for their actions that have caused many women unnecessary pain and suffering may be able to help. Reach out today to find out what your legal rights and options are.