If you developed ovarian cancer while using baby powder in your genital area, please request a free, no obligation case evaluation.
Talcum powder, also known as baby powder, is a white powder that is used in a wide variety of products. It is made from talc, a combination of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Many women use the powder in the genital area as a way to reduce discomfort and dry out the area. It can also be used as a means to reduce chafing in the area. For many years, talcum powder has been used to dry out the genital areas of babies and to treat diaper rash. Talc and talcum powder are used in a number of different cosmetic and consumer health products.
Talcum powder carries with it a number of side effects that can be potentially dangerous. It has been known for many years that talcum powder can lead to respiratory problems in infants if they breathe it in while it is being applied. This is a condition known as talcosis. This pulmonary condition can lead to problems in breathing, coughing, and serious irritation in the lungs. If the exposure to talc or talcum powder is severe and frequent enough, it can sometimes lead to serious respiratory diseases and sometimes even lung cancer.
Talcum powder has also been heavily linked to ovarian cancer in women. The product was initially positioned as a way for women to reduce vaginal odor and increase comfort. Thousands of women used talcum powder for this exact reason for many years. When use becomes frequent, the talcum powder can enter the vagina and travel through the uterus to the ovaries. Once it gets deposited there, it can take years for it to be cleared away. This can lead to inflammation and pain for some women. It has been shown that women using talcum powder over a long period of time have a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer than those not using the drug.
Many people believe that the manufacturers of talcum powder have been aware of the significant risks associated with the drug for quite some time. This has lead to a large number of lawsuits being filed. It is estimated that over 10,000 women receive the diagnosis of ovarian cancer each year after the use of talcum powder. With these growing numbers, it is no doubt that talcum powder is linked to the development of ovarian cancer.
A class action lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson in California. The lawsuit hopes to establish proper warning labels on bottles of talcum powder that will give women considering using talcum powder the proper knowledge about the dangers of talcum powder.
Another notable lawsuit comes from Sandra Berg of South Dakota. She used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder to relieve the pain felt from chafing and reduce vaginal odor between 1975 and 2007. Berg later developed ovarian cancer. After some of her cancer particles were surgically removed, it was discovered that there were many talcum particles embedded within them. Berg is fighting for Johnson & Johnson to place warning labels on their bottles of talcum powder. While the jury sided with Berg that Johnson & Johnson did fail to adequately warn customers about the possibility of developing ovarian cancer, the court did not believe that Johnson & Johnson had done so intentionally. Johnson & Johnson was not forced to pay out anyone and was not required to place labels on their talcum powder products.
Even though over 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer every year are attributed to talcum powder, there has still been no requirement laid out that would require companies to place adequate warning labels on the products. The talcum powder can still be found in stores without any mention of the potential dangerous risks of ovarian cancer.
Medical Compensation for Side Effects
Lawsuits can be filed against the makers of baby powder for failing to warn women of the dangers of developing ovarian cancer. If you are a victim, please request a free, no obligation case evaluation.
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