Talcum Powder and Cancer: What is the Connection?

talcum powder and cancerReported Talcum Powder and Cancer Connection

Attorney Group can help answer questions regarding potential talcum powder and cancer lawsuits for women who used the products and subsequently developed ovarian cancer. Several recent studies have established a potential link between talcum powder and cancer, causing a number of groups to submit petitions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging the agency to regulate products that are manufactured with talcum powder. However, as of April 2014, the FDA has not made any alterations involving the marketing and approval of these goods.

Have you or someone you love used products that contain talcum powder and you received a cancer diagnosis from your physician? Attorney Group can review your case, free of charge, and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help file a talcum powder and cancer lawsuit and assist you in seeking the damages to which you may be entitled.

Talcum Powder Overview

Talcum powder is a product made out of the mineral talc. Although it is found in a variety of consumer goods, talcum powder is most commonly used in cosmetics, body powders, facial powders and feminine washes. It is also frequently applied to the genital area to prevent fabric from chafing, as it is known to effectively absorb excess moisture.

According to studies, talc used to contain asbestos, a cancer-causing and dangerous substance that may ultimately lead to cancer. However, the modern-day talc has not contained asbestos since the 1970s when the link between mesothelioma and asbestos was first established. Still, several experts report that women who uses talc-based products on and around her genital region may be more likely to develop ovarian cancer, as the talc may travel into her vagina, through her uterus, and up into her Fallopian tubes where it can rest in her ovaries. A woman may notice inflammation and irritation as the cancerous cellular changes progress.

Women who are using the follow products should exercise caution or speak to a physician if they notice any adverse complications or side effects:

  • Condoms
  • Tampons
  • Body powders
  • Baby powders
  • Diaphragms
  • Vaginal deodorants
  • Feminine washes
  • Sanitary napkins

In addition to talcum powder allegedly increasing a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, many others claim that other factors may also raise the likelihood of developing the condition even further, including:

  • Undergoing fertility treatment
  • Family history of cancer
  • Having breast cancer
  • Having endometriosis
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or tall
  • Diet factors
  • Using hormone replacement therapy
  • Using an intrauterine device

Plaintiffs File Talcum Powder and Cancer Lawsuits

According to court documents, the first talcum powder cancer lawsuit was tried in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in October 2013. In this trial, the jury found that the talc-based products which were manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson resulted in an ovarian cancer diagnosis for the plaintiff and that the warning label on the products failed to inform the consumer of any such risk. Johnson & Johnson stated that while it had knowledge of a possible relationship between talcum powder and cancer, it did not feel that the link was strong enough to place a warning label on its products.

Injured? Contact Attorney Group Today

If you or someone you love used talc-containing products and developed ovarian cancer, Attorney Group can review your case and help determine if you have a claim. There is no cost to speak with us, and it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as you feel you may have a claim. We can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled such as medical costs, loss of income and pain and suffering.