Talcum Powder is made from ground talc ‐ a mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and other substances. For over 100 years, Talcum Powder has been used in various products, such as baby powder and other adult powders to absorb moisture and odors and to reduce chafing and has often been used by women on their genital area to reduce vaginal odors and provide comfort.
What Is the Problem With Talcum Powder?
Going back as far as the early 1970s, medical research has documented the fact that women who regularly use Talcum Powder products in their genital area have a significantly increased risk of developing Ovarian Cancer. This is because once applied to the genital area, the powder particles settle in the ovaries, causing an irritation which increases the risk of cancer cell formation.
Ovarian Cancer is a particularly deadly form of cancer because the symptoms are vague, thereby making it difficult to diagnose until it reaches an advanced stage. It is the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Recently an expert testified in trial that some 45,000 women have died as a result of Ovarian Cancer possibly related to their use of Talcum Powder and that an additional 1,500 women will die each year from such use.
Talcum Powder Litigation
Since 2016, almost a BILLION dollars in jury verdicts have been rendered against Johnson & Johnson and other suppliers/manufacturers of Talcum Powder products to women who contracted Ovarian Cancer which the juries linked to use of Talcum Powder. All of these cases were based upon the contention that Johnson & Johnson and others had been aware for decades of evidence linking the use of Talcum Powder to development of Ovarian Cancer and intentionally chose not to warn the public of that risk.
What If You Think You May Have a Problem From Talcum Powder?
If you or a loved one used Talcum Powder products and developed Ovarian Cancer, you or they may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, pain, suffering and disability resulting from the cancer. Call Lattof & Lattof today for a free case evaluation regarding your potential rights. Remember that claims of this type usually have a certain time limitation within which you may take action, so it is important that you make the call as soon as you can so as to preserve your rights.