Talcum Powder and Cancer: What is the Connection?

Texas-Talcum Powder and CancerConnection Between Talcum Powder and Cancer Being Investigated

When people choose products to use either on their bodies, in their homes, or around their loved ones, they should be able to expect that these products are reasonably safe and free of danger. Consumers have used talcum powder for years to keep the skin dry and to prevent irritation, and few would realize that such a simple product as baby powder could cause life-threatening complications. However, studies suggest a link between talcum powder and cancer, and those who have been injured in Texas may consider filing a talcum powder and cancer lawsuit to seek compensation for their injuries.

In particular, studies have shown talcum powder may cause ovarian cancer in women who use the powder in their genital areas. After several studies found evidence of talc in ovarian tumors, researchers concluded that the talc particles could travel inside the vagina, and move through the uterus and into the ovaries by way of the Fallopian tubes. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after long-term use of talc-based products, contact Attorney Group for Texas to learn if you have a talcum powder and cancer claim.

Common Products Containing Talcum Powder

There is a wide variety of products that contain talcum powder, but the products most commonly used and cited by those filing a talcum powder and cancer lawsuit include:

  • Tampons, sanitary napkins
  • Body and facial powders
  • Makeup, other cosmetic aids
  • Diaphragms
  • Condoms
  • Vaginal deodorants
  • Feminine washes

What is Talc?

Talc is comprised of finely-ground stone particles and is also known as magnesium silicate. Around the 1970s, talc was known to contain asbestos, a mineral that, if inhaled or ingested, may cause mesotheliomoa, a life-threatening cancer in the lungs. However, since the 1970s, products containing talc appear to be free of asbestos.

The American Cancer Society reports that 22,000 new ovarian cancer diagnoses are made each year and according to an epidemiologist at the University of Harvard, more than 10,000 women, or 40 percent of all new cases, in the U.S. develop ovarian cancer from using talcum powders and talc-based products for extended periods of time.

Evidence of Talcum Powder and Cancer Connection

Women who use talc-based products on their genital areas may be more likely to develop ovarian cancer, according to several studies. Once the talc particles migrate into the ovaries, the ovaries may become inflamed in an attempt to fight off the foreign substance. However, talc is not easily broken down, and the woman may suffer from pain, irritation and cancerous cell changes.

If you or a loved one have noticed one or more symptoms that could indicate ovarian cancer such as inexplicable bloating, feeling full or trouble eating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain or abnormal discharge and/or vaginal bleeding, seek medical attention and consider contacting Attorney Group for Texas. We can review your case and help you determine if you have a claim. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and the compensation to which you may be entitled in Texas.

In October 2013, a plaintiff who had filed a talcum powder and cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson accused the manufacturer of failing to warn consumers of the risks associated with its talc-based products and for neglecting to update its warning label to reflect the risk of ovarian cancer. A federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota found that the woman’s ovarian cancer had, in fact, been allegedly caused by more than three decades of use of Johnson & Johnson’s product.

Contact Attorney Group for Texas Today

In Texas, the statute of limitations, or the time in which you have to bring about a talcum powder and cancer claim against the manufacturer, is two years from the date of the injury. If you fail to file your talcum powder and cancer lawsuit in Texas before this time is up, you may forfeit your right to recover damages for your injuries. Contact Attorney Group for Texas to receive a free, no-obligation consultation and let us help you to determine if you have a claim. We can connect you with an experienced attorney in Texas who can assist you throughout the legal process.