Defective Medical Devices & Dangerous Drugs
Over 5,000 women across the United States have sued Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive over their baby powder and other talcum powder products, claiming that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. These lawsuits allege that long-term use of talc-based products causes ovarian cancer and that talcum powder manufacturers did not adequately warn of the risks associated with these products. Some of these women have won verdicts at trial worth more than $700 million.
Talcum powder is made from talc, a common mineral used in a wide variety of consumer products that reduce friction and absorb moisture, oils, and odor. Talcum powder is most commonly used as a hygiene product, but talcum powder can also be used to thicken makeup and other cosmetics, prevent chaffing, and freshen clothes.
If you or someone you know has developed cancer as a result of using talcum powder, contact Statesman Law Group right away. Our lawyers will fight for maximum compensation for your injuries.
Risks Associated with Talcum Powder
Talcum powder is a known carcinogen and has been shown to be a cause of ovarian cancer in women. When used as a feminine hygiene product, talc particles can potentially enter the body and remain trapped in the ovaries, leading to inflammation. Both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have officially listed talcum powder as a risk factor for ovarian cancer.
In 2013, Cancer Prevention Research published Genital powder use and risk of ovarian cancer: a pooled analysis of 8,525 cases and 9,859 controls, which found that “genital powder use was associated with a modest increased risk of epithelial ovarian cancer relative to women who never used powder.”
In a 2010 Harvard University study, Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Margaret Gates found “that perineal talcum powder use increases the risk of endometrial cancer, particularly among postmenopausal women.”
In 2003, an analysis of 16 observational studies on the association between perineal talcum powder use and ovarian cancer found “a statistically significant result suggesting a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer with perineal talc use.”
The American Cancer Society has reported that talcum powder use may increase the risk of ovarian cancer and that research continues to determine the magnitude of the increased risk. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classifies the use of talc-based powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
The science in this area is still developing, but some studies already show a correlation between talc powder use, ovarian inflammation, and resulting cancer. Ovarian cancer is very aggressive and often goes undetected until it has spread. In some cases, Ovarian cancer is fatal.
How Can Statesman Law Group Help Victims of Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive continued to market, advertise and sell talcum powder products to their customers without adequately warning consumers of the hazards associated with these talc-based products. If you’ve developed cancer from the use of talcum powders or other talc-based products, contact Statesman Law Group today.