Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Recently, talcum powder has been linked to an increased risk for ovarian cancer in women who used the powder regularly in their perineum area. Johnson & Johnson, the multinational medical device, pharmaceutical, and consumer packed goods company, has been at the epicenter of lawsuits regarding its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products that contain talc. The increased risk comes when women use it in the genital area and if the powder travels through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes into the ovaries.
If you have developed ovarian cancer after regularly using talcum powder or a similarly defective product, contact the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates at 312-800-0000 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve those who live in and near the Chicago area.
Why is Talcum Powder Dangerous?
Naturally occurring in clay, talc is comprised of silicon, oxygen, and magnesium and is known for its softness. Found in many cosmetic products and powders, which have been marketed to help with wetness, chaffing, rashes, and odor, talc-based powders have been used for decades by women to dust their perineum area, sanitary pads, and undergarments to keep the groin area cool and to inhibit the development of vaginal odors.
In 2006, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, talcum powder was classified as a potential human carcinogen if used in the genital area of women. And as far back as 1982, Harvard professor Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, compared over 200 women with ovarian cancer against 215 healthy women as a control, and found that those who used talcum powder had twice the risk of getting ovarian cancer, and three times the risk for those who used it regularly. Since then, 20 epidemiological studies have been conducted and found that long-term use of talcum powder in the perineum area has an increased risk of 33 percent for women developing ovarian cancer.
Talcum Powder in the Courts
The first lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson came in 2013 from Deane Berg of South Dakota (Deane Berg v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, Case No. 09-4179). The jury had found that Berg did in fact develop ovarian cancer from regular talcum powder use and that Johnson & Johnson was negligent because of their lack of warnings for its talc-based products.
Since then, thousands of women have come forward to file suits for talcum powder-related ovarian cancer. And in 2014, a year after Berg won her suit, two class action lawsuits, one in California and one in Illinois, sought to show Johnson & Johnson’s responsibility for knowing about the cancer risks and not warning women on the potential dangers of using their products.
In 2016, two multimillion dollar verdicts were awarded to those who sued Johnson & Johnson for ovarian cancer caused by regular, long-term talcum powder use.
Contact an Chicago Defective Product Attorney Today
While a multitude of women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson relating to talcum powder use in their genital area, and even with the overwhelming evidence of serious health risks, there is still a lack of warning labels on major manufacturers of talcum powder products.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. we are Chicago personal injury attorneys dedicated to holding the responsible party liable for any harm done to you or your loved ones. It’s not just about money, but justice. With decades of experience filing defective product suits we have the knowledge to get you the compensation and retribution you deserve.
If you live in or near the Chicago area and believe you’ve been harmed because of regular talcum powder use, contact us today at 312-800-0000 schedule your free consultation.