A talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit may be an option for women who have used talcum powder and later developed ovarian cancer. Studies suggest that long-term use of talc products for feminine hygiene may lead to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Affected women and their families may be eligible to file a talcum powder lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries.
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Geology.com explains that as the softest mineral, talc has many features that make it seemingly ideal for bath and beauty products once it has been ground into powder. For example, it absorbs oils and moisture such as sweat, and it is gentle on the skin. As a result, it is often used in antiperspirants and foot powders. It also prevents cosmetics from clumping and caking.
In baby powder, the absorbing and odor-eliminating properties have made it popular for preventing diaper rash. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder label, which lists talc and parfum as its ingredients, claim that the product reduces chafing. It is recommended for use on babies and adults. The safety information warns against breathing in the powder, getting it in the eyes or using it internally.
Product Safety Testing
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that it does not typically review cosmetic products such as baby powder or their individual ingredients. This task belongs to the manufacturers. They are required to properly investigate the safety of their products when used as directed, and they must provide labels that caution against intended and improper use. Only when scientists discover that harm could occur even when consumers follow instructions does the FDA get involved.
Talcum Powder Purity
In the past, there have been questions about the safety of talcum powder because research revealed that asbestos could be mined along with talc, and the manufacturing process did not remove it. However, this was occurring in the 1970s. Since then, the substances have been separated so that further contamination does not occur. The FDA periodically performs random testing on products containing talcum powder to ensure that they are not tainted.
Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer
Although Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder does not contain asbestos, there have been some studies that indicate the talc itself may be carcinogenic for women when used in the perineal area. According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, talc has some properties that are chemically related to asbestos, a known carcinogen. Mesothelioma, a disease of the lungs caused by asbestos, has some similar tissue structures as ovarian cancer. In addition, asbestos has been linked to ovarian cancer, a fact that has prompted ongoing research.
Although studies have not all been conclusive about whether the mineral is carcinogenic, for nearly 20 years scientists have been publishing reports indicating that it may be. Doctors have discovered talc in ovarian cancer tissues, as well.
Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
In February 2016, a jury awarded a family $72 million because of testimony claiming scientific support for a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The lawsuit alleged that Johnson & Johnson was aware that the product was dangerous when applied in the genital area over a prolonged period, but did not provide a warning on the label. The company was ordered to pay both compensatory and punitive damages.
This is not the only case alleging that the company is guilty of a failure to adequately warn consumers of the increased risk of ovarian cancer. In fact, there are more than 1,000 pending lawsuits across the country. In order to combine relevant evidence, present it in court and speed the resolution of these cases, they may be consolidated and transferred to a single federal district court.
How Can a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Attorney Help?
Product makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a product maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a woman dies as a result of her cancer, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
If the actions of the product maker are malicious or so reckless that intent to harm can be inferred, the responsible party can be liable for punitive damages to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
Women who have developed cancer after using talcum powder are encouraged to speak to a talcum powder ovarian cancer attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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