Talcum Powder Cancer Risk
According to the American Cancer Society, some talc in its natural form contains asbestos, which is known to cause cancer in and around the lungs when inhaled. The asbestos link is no longer an issue in the U.S., as all talcum powder products sold in the country have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.
Many of the dangers associated with talcum focus on two different types of talc exposure:
- Studies have shown that women who are longtime users of talcum powder as part of a feminine hygiene routine are at greater risk for developing ovarian cancer than those who do not use talcum powder.
- Individuals who have been exposed to natural talc fibers at work (talc miners, for example) may be at increased risk for developing lung cancer.
Baby Powder Cancer
For many years, the manufacturers of talcum powder have touted the product for preventing feminine odor. But beginning in the 1970s, studies emerged linking the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene to ovarian cancer. In 2013, the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research published a study showing that women who applied talcum powder to their genital area were shown to have 20–30 percent greater risk of developing ovarian cancer, when compared to women who did not use talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
Despite this and other studies linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer, manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson have not warned consumers about the serious health risks associated with talc use. Johnson & Johnson has called the talcum powder studies linking the product to ovarian cancer inconclusive, and the company has never put a warning label on its talc products.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Since the 1970s more than 20 talcum powder studies have linked talc to ovarian cancer. In 2003, Anticancer Research published an analysis of 16 talc studies, concluding that women who used talcum powder for feminine hygiene were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who didn’t use talc.
Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest manufacturer of health care products, is presently facing upwards of 1,000 baby powder lawsuits, claiming the company failed to warn the public about the link to ovarian cancer. In February of 2016, a baby powder cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson resulted in a $72 million jury award. Just three months later, another Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuit resulted in a $55 million jury award.
The law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman is currently evaluating claims for women who claim to have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for feminine hygiene. Our firm is offering free case consultations for women who are interested in pursuing a talcum powder lawsuit. Even if you just have a question about filing a talcum powder lawsuit, our personal injury attorneys are happy to assist you.
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