VanDerGinst Law is investigating reports that as many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year may have been caused by regular use of talcum powder. Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson in federal court over claims that its’ baby powder products significantly increased the risk of ovarian cancer when used by women for personal hygiene.
Talcum powder is used to absorb moisture and is widely available in various products including baby powder. When used regularly in the genital area talc can increase the risk of ovarian cancer if the powder travels through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. According to studies, women who used talcum powder in their genital area were at a 33 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer compared to women who did not use the products on their genitals. A jury recently found that Johnson & Johnson knew of the cancer risks associated with its talc products but failed to warn consumers.
The class action lawsuit states that Johnson & Johnson knew as early as 1982 of the elevated ovarian cancer risk after a study was published and the study’s author was contacted by a Johnson & Johnson doctor. Sixteen years later, the American Cancer Society warned that a new study showed that women who used the powder more frequently and over longer periods of time were at greater risk of ovarian cancer.
“Despite the potential catastrophic health consequences, defendants do not tell consumers about the dangers associated with the talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder,” the lawsuit states. “Instead, defendants continue to expressly and impliedly represent that the product is safe and intended for women to use the Baby Powder in the very manner most likely to result in an increased risk of ovarian cancer.”
Daniel Cramer, a medical doctor with Harvard University, has studied the link between talc and cancer for 30 years and believes that talc is likely the cause for as many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year.
Talc is a mineral that contains various elements including magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It can also contain asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs. Talc is often ground down into a fine powder, called talcum powder, and used to absorb moisture. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and facial powder.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after long term regular use of talcum powder around the genital area should contact VanDerGinst Law for a FREE evaluation. There is no obligation and no fee unless we win. Call 866-788-5297 or e-mail us at info@Vlaw.com