The attorneys representing people involved in a talcum powder lawsuit allege that the manufacturers didn’t warn the users of the increased risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma when women use these products for personal hygiene.
In Georgia, the attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, are working hard to get compensation for people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, and have had extensive exposure to talcum powder, including Johnson’s Baby Powder.
What Are the Talcum Powder Lawsuits Saying?
The majority of talcum powder lawsuits involve Shower to Shower by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Baby Magic Baby Powder, and Johnson’s Baby Powder manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.
These lawsuits say that not only did all of the manufacturers know about the risks for over 40 years; they intentionally didn’t warn women that the use of the powder could cause cancer either by entering a woman’s vagina or by inhaling it into their lungs. These women were using talcum powder for personal hygiene. This holds if the women were using it on their genital areas or on a sanitary napkin or condom.
Recent studies show that women who use talcum powder as a personal hygiene product increase their risks of getting cancer by 30% compared to women who don’t use talcum powder as an individual hygiene product.
Are There Side Effects and Injuries Associated With the Use of Talcum Powder?
The short answer is yes. The most severe side effect for women using talcum powder is the increased risk of contracting cancer. Ovarian cancer may be caused by the talcum powder entering a woman’s vagina and traveling to the ovaries. Mesothelioma is caused by the talcum powder being inhaled during regular use and going into the lungs.
The Journal of Gynecological Cancer has said that if you use talcum powder regularly on your genital area, your risk of contracting cancer increases by 30 to 60 percent. The more you utilize talcum powder for personal hygiene, the higher your risk for contracting cancer.
How Can Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?
How the frequent use of talcum powder causes, cancer is not known. However, the most popular theory involves a chronic irritation of a woman’s genital area as the talcum powder passes through a woman’s uterus and into the fallopian tubes. From there, it migrates into a woman’s ovaries.
This theory also states that other than having contact with your mucous membranes, the talcum powder may work to suppress some of a woman’s antibodies that generally would protect her against getting cancer.
How Can Talcum Powder Cause Respiratory Illnesses?
Using talcum powder frequently has been linked to mesothelioma and other respiratory illnesses.
During a typical application, the talcum powder becomes airborne and is then inhaled by the user into their lungs. Before 1970 and up to present day, some talcum powder and other types of products contain asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally and is known to be a carcinogen. Also, many researchers have noticed that talcum powder includes a chemical that is similar to asbestos.
Talcum powder is a silicate mineral, like asbestos, and its structure is crystalline. When inhaled, the minerals in talcum powder are known to cause irritation that can lead to chronic inflammation. This chronic inflammation could lead to the formation of cancerous tumors.
Have There Been Any Studies Conducted Regarding Talcum Powder?
Many studies have shown that the frequent use of talcum powder does increase the risk of ovarian cancer by 30-60 percent. This result has occurred in most well-controlled studies. These studies also revealed that the Attributable Risk was 29%. What this means is that if women stop using talcum powder for personal hygiene, it could protect more than one-quarter or more of all women from developing ovarian cancer.
Studies have also shown that the more frequently talcum powder is used for personal hygiene, the higher the risk of contracting mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.
To date, there haven’t been any recalls of talcum related products. However, it’s important to note that the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate talcum powder. The companies that manufacture talcum powder are expected to govern themselves.
Are There Any Settlements In the Talcum Powder Lawsuits?
Some talcum powder lawsuits have settled. For example, a California jury awarded a woman diagnosed with mesothelioma $30 million in March of 2019
In July of 2018 in St. Louis, a jury awarded 22 women a total of $4.6 billion due to Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder causing these women to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The cancer was found to be due to Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and the asbestos fibers it contained.
If you or a loved one use talcum powder for personal hygiene regularly and have contracted ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, you should contact the Georgia attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Their legal team understands the complexities involved in filing a claim and will work hard to get you all the compensation you deserve.