Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers that talc the company sold can raise the risk of ovarian cancer as well as mesothelioma cancer. Lawsuit petitions in these cases charge that J&J has known for more than 40 years of a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer and talcum powder and mesothelioma.
Talcum powder is made from talc, a naturally occurring mineral containing magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. When crushed, talc becomes a fine, white powder that is sold as talcum.
Talcum powder has been used extensively for several medical and sanitary purposes, including moisture absorption and the rash prevention. Talcum powder is also used in many cosmetic products, as well as for the coating and lubrication of rubber and other commercial and industrial products. It was recently banned by the FDA for use in rubber gloves.
The American Cancer Society, the World Health Organization and other governing health agencies have raised concerns about using baby powder and body powder products for feminine hygiene that contains talc; they say it may put women at increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Talcum powder products used in or near the vaginal area can migrate through the Fallopian tubes to the ovaries, causing irritation that could lead to ovarian cancer. Some health experts have estimated that some 10% of ovarian cancer cases and deaths in the country are caused by talcum powder products. Talc particles have repeatedly been found in cancerous ovaries.
Evidence has shown that makers of talcum powder containing products have known about the health risks of using talcum powder for decades. Nevertheless, Johnson & Johnson and other companies who make talcum baby powder have failed to warn consumers about the potential cancer risks they may face from using these products. This is why J&J and others face talcum powder cancer litigation.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of using talcum powder, call Goldblatt + Singer today for a free case evaluation.