A South Carolina talcum powder cancer lawsuit could be an option for women who used baby powder products and developed ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is a common ingredient in baby powders and other consumer cosmetics, and many women use the substance for feminine hygiene purposes. Although manufactures claim that products containing talc are safe for consumer use, an increased risk of ovarian cancer has been associated with the use of talcum powder. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to pursue compensation with the help of a South Carolina talcum powder lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for South Carolina 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 attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral substance made from magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Talcum powder is often used in baby powder and adult body and facial powders for its ability to absorb moisture and cut down on friction.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, some studies indicate an increased risk of ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder in the genital or perineal areas of the body.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 1997 suggests an elevated risk of ovarian cancer and perineal use of talcum powder. Likewise, according to a study conducted between 2002 and 2005, perineal exposure to talc via genital powders has been listed as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread beyond the ovaries and into the pelvis and abdomen, making it difficult to treat. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal bloating or swelling, quickly feeling full when eating, weight loss, discomfort in the pelvic area, constipation, and the frequent need to urinate.
Other Talcum Powder Cancer Risks
In its natural form, some talc may contain asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is a known cause of some forms of cancer. Since the 1970s, all talcum products used in homes have been asbestos-free, however, according to the American Cancer Society, the evidence relating asbestos-free talcum powder and cancer remains unclear.
In addition to concerns associated with consumer risks, the American Cancer Society notes that some studies of talc miners and miller have suggested a link between an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
According to a 2010 study published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers reported for the first time an association between perineal use of talcum powder and an increased risk of endometrial cancer. In their study, researchers found a significant increase in the risk of endometrial cancer, specifically among postmenopausal women with a history of perineal talcum powder use.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
According to NBC News, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded a total of $72 million in damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of talc-based baby powder manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The report also states that Johnson & Johnson faces several hundred lawsuits claiming that, in an effort to boost sales, failed to warn consumers about the alleged relationship between its talc-based products and ovarian cancer for decades.
Additionally, in March 2016, a Maryland talcum powder cancer lawsuit was filed claiming that, despite the potential catastrophic health consequences associated with talc-based powders, Johnson & Johnson has never warned its customers about the potential link between perineal talc use and ovarian cancer.
Likewise, the lawsuit alleges that in 2014, after years of regular Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder use, the plaintiff was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. As a result, the lawsuit indicates that over 1,000 tumors were removed from the plaintiff’s body and that the plaintiff will continue to undergo aggressive chemotherapy for the purpose of extending her life.
How a South Carolina Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Can Help
Product manufacturers 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.
People injured by talcum powder may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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