A Nevada talcum powder cancer lawsuit could be an option for women who used baby powder products for feminine hygiene and developed ovarian cancer. A growing number of lawsuit filings are alleging a link between talcum products and ovarian cancer. In some cases, women who have developed ovarian cancer used talcum powder for decades as part of their regular personal care routine. Affected women and their families may be able to seek compensation for their injuries with the help of a Nevada talcum powder lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Nevada today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Nevada talcum powder cancer lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Talc?
In the United States, most talc comes from open-pit mines where it is extracted from rocks that have been drilled and blasted from out of the ground. According to Geology.com, talc often forms near the carcinogenic substance asbestos. During the mining and extraction process, there is a high risk that talc can become contaminated with asbestos fibers. Since the 1960s, all talcum powders available on the market are required to be free from asbestos. Due to the fact that talc is effective with moisture absorption, it is used in a wide range of products around the home. This soft mineral composed of silicone, magnesium and oxygen is often ground into a fine, white powder for use in anything from rubber and plastics to paint and cosmetics.
Is Talcum Powder Safe?
There have been claims that when talcum powder is used in the genital area or on sanitary napkins, that the product could enter the body through the vagina, making its way through the uterus and fallopian tubes into the ovaries. While the American Cancer Society has not yet publicly declared talcum powder use to be unsafe, it does state that women who are concerned about the increased risk of ovarian cancer caused by use of the product in the general area should limit or avoid use, choosing cornstarch-based products instead. Cancer Research UK recently updated its information on risks and causes of ovarian cancer to include using talcum powder. According to the agency, talc could cause irritation in the ovaries if it gets inside the body, which could potentially cause inflammation and cancerous changes to ovarian cells.
Talcum Powder Studies
A 1987 case study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer found that the risk of ovarian cancer in women who used talcum powder in the perineal area to be almost double of those that do not, leading the agency to list talc containing asbestos fibers as a possible carcinogen to humans. More recently, a 2013 study published in Cancer Prevention Research claims that women who use talcum powder on their genitals were at a 20 to 30 percent higher risk for ovarian cancer than those who do not.
Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits
In 2013, a South Dakota jury decided that there was enough evidence in a woman’s case against Johnson & Johnson for there to be a link between the product and the 56-year-old’s development of ovarian cancer. A Harvard researcher who has been investigating talcum powder’s cancer risks for several decades testified and claimed that up to 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer could be caused by the product each year.
A February 2016 verdict raised even more awareness about the risk of using talcum powder. An Alabama woman’s family was awarded $72 million in damages from Johnson & Johnson after she died from ovarian cancer that she claimed was caused by decades-long use of the manufacturer’s body powder products.
How a Nevada Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Can Help
When people suffer from severe side effects from a dangerous or defective product, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. The types of losses that can be recovered include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of an ability to work; and
- Pain and suffering
If a person dies from complications caused by a defective product, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
If the conduct of a company in manufacturing and selling a product is found to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future.
Affected women and their families are encouraged to seek the advice of a Nevada talcum powder cancer lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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