Use of Talcum Powder May Cause Ovarian Cancer: Know Your Rights

Shaw Cowart’s personal injury lawyers are now reviewing potential ovarian cancer lawsuits for women who used talcum powder and developed ovarian or uterine cancer. If you, a member of your family or friend have been diagnosed with ovarian or uterine cancer and used talc contact us– you may have a claim.

For more than four decades, experts in the medical industry have speculated that use of talcum powder has a direct correlation with cancer development in the female reproductive system. Now, women throughout the country are filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, the largest distributor of talcum powder, alleging that the product gave them ovarian cancer.

Talcum Powder May Cause Cancer

Talc, made from a magnesium silicate mineral similar in its properties to asbestos, is a common household cosmetic used to keep people smelling fresh and to dry off skin after bathing. It is also regularly used on babies’ bottoms after a diaper change, and it is a routine part of hygiene in nearly 50% of all women in the U.S.

However, talc can form tiny shards that may break off and imbed themselves into parts of the body. If inhaled, these particles can become embedded into the lungs, causing respiratory difficulties. If used in the genital area, talcum powder can travel up into the vagina, embedding into the pelvis and leading to the development of ovarian cancer. One study found that daily use of talc, or baby powder, increased a woman’s chance of ovarian cancer by 41%.

Women File Talcum Powder Lawsuits, Alleging Uterine and Ovarian Cancer

In 2014, plaintiffs filed two class-action lawsuits against J&J, alleging that the manufacturer was responsible for the plaintiffs’ ovarian cancer diagnoses due to its Shower to Shower and baby powder products. J&J is accused of:

  • Negligence
  • Violating the Unfair Competition law
  • Violating professional and business codes
  • Violating consumers’ legal remedies
  • Breach of implied warranty

On October 27, 2016, J&J lost its third straight trial over claims that its products caused ovarian cancer, with a jury in St. Louis awarding a California woman more than $70 million in compensation. The company is currently facing more than 1,700 lawsuits in federal and state courts in which plaintiffs maintain the company knew of the alleged link between cancer and talc yet failed to warn customers about this risk.

Contact Our Talc Powder Cancer Lawyers Today

We will review your potential claim, free of charge, and help you determine whether you are eligible to for compensation. Depending on your case, you could be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and more. Request a free consultation today by calling toll free at 512-499-8900.