Talcum Powder & Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions

Talcum Powder & Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions

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You may have seen news reports about lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower and women who have developed ovarian cancer after using those products. With all the information that is out there, it can be confusing to know what’s actually going on. That’s why we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions about the link between talcum powder (like that found in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products) and ovarian cancer.

What is Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder, or baby powder, is a product that is made from a mineral called talc. Talc has been used for centuries for various applications, but its use became widespread in the late 1800s when it was determined to be useful in industrial applications.

Talc is mined from the ground and is made up primarily of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. Talc particles are quite soft and fine when they are ground up. It’s commonly used in beauty products and makeup because it has a favorable texture and it absorbs moisture. Talcum powder has long been used on babies to prevent diaper rash, and on children and adults to keep skin dry and prevent friction and chafing of areas skin that rub against each other.

How Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

Talcum powder has long been used to keep skin dry and prevent rashes and irritation. It’s often used on the genitals, especially when diapering infants. However, when used in that manner on females, particles can make their way to the ovaries, remaining there for years. When that occurs, it may cause inflammation, which can lead to the growth of cancer cells. The longer the talcum powder is used, the more likely a woman is to develop ovarian cancer.

The connection between talcum powder an ovarian cancer has been recognized for decades. In fact, in studies that were performed in the 1970s, patients with ovarian cancer were shown to have talc particles in the ovarian tissue. It’s believed that talcum powder may be the cause of as many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer every year.

What is Johnson & Johnson’s Part in This?

Even though there has been a recognized connection between talc and ovarian cancer for many years, Johnson & Johnson continued to use talcum powder in its products. And it did so without providing any type of warning to consumers. That has resulted in many lawsuits alleging Johnson & Johnson products, like Baby Powder and Shower to shower, have led to ovarian cancer.

How Serious is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is the most serious cancer of the female reproductive system, accounting for more deaths than any other type. According to the American Cancer Society, each year more than 22,500 women will have a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and about 14,000 will die from the disease. That means that about 1 in 78 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime and about 1 out of 108 will die from it. However, when ovarian cancer is discovered early, there is a 93-percent chance that the woman will live at least five years after being diagnosed. Unfortunately, if the cancer is found once it has already spread into other parts of the body, those chance drop to 30 percent.

Should You File an Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit?

If you or your loved one used products containing talc for an extended amount of time and you have received an ovarian cancer diagnosis, then you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover the damages you’ve suffered. There have already been women who have successfully won major, multimillion-dollar verdicts against talcum powder manufacturers (primarily Johnson & Johnson) over the last several years. They have received compensation for medical and other expenses.

Deciding whether you should file a claim against talcum powder manufacturers means that the company will be held accountable for your illness and the expenses it has caused. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that your cancer diagnosis will be reversed or that your cancer will go away. But it is your legal right to seek justice for your injuries, and it could help prevent others from falling victim to the same injuries.

A successful case against talcum powder manufacturers may mean a settlement is reached before the case goes to court. Alternatively, your case may end up going to trial where your legal team will fight for you to receive a jury award. Compensation for these cases may include your medical expenses, lost pay, other expenses related to your care, and pain and suffering. If it is your loved one who developed ovarian cancer and she has died, you may also be entitled to damages, including funeral expenses and loss of companionship.

How Do I Find a Talcum Powder Cancer Attorney?

Ovarian cancer that is caused by talcum powder isn’t an inconsequential thing. It can have devastating consequences and catastrophic outcomes. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you used the Johnson & Johnson products Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, or you have lost a loved one who did, you should find an attorney with experience in litigating such cancer cases.

Ross Feller Casey has the experience and knowledge to help you with your talcum powder lawsuit. We have recovered $1 billion for our clients in just the last five years alone, and are the nation’s recognized leaders in talcum powder / ovarian cancer lawsuits. Additionally, we have a team of leading physicians right on staff to review medical records and handle complicated cancer cases.

Contact one of our experienced attorneys for a free case review. We will fight for your legal rights and for the compensation you deserve.

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