September 2022 is Gynecological Cancer Awareness month. A critical issue is the connection between Talcum powder (baby powder) and cervical cancer. As early as 1971, a report was issued that found talc particles within the tissue of ovarian and cervical cancers, which began to concern many people. When these reports were published, asbestos was used in the manufacturing of talc, but since then, most manufacturers have removed talc, and current products are all supposed to be asbestos free. Lawsuits are being filed against the makers of baby powder products on behalf of women diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancers related to their talcum powder.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Medical research and evidence suggest that using talcum powder or talc in the genital area can increase women’s chances of developing ovarian cancer. The longer and more frequently a woman uses talc powder, the greater her chances are of developing cancer. Many women may not realize that ovarian cancer is hard to detect due to the lack of regular screening procedures, unlike breast cancer, where regular testing and screening are recommended. Some concerning statistics include:
- Three percent of women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
- There is a much lower lifetime risk for developing breast cancer than ovarian cancer.
- With no recommended screening test for ovarian cancer, it is rarely diagnosed early.
- When ovarian cancer is found early, a woman has a 93% chance of surviving at least five years after she is diagnosed.
- Chances of survival decrease significantly to about 30% if the cancer is found after it has spread to other parts of her body.
- According to the American Cancer Society, over 21,000 women will have an initial diagnosis in 2021, and almost 14,000 women are estimated to die from it.
- Based on current data, women who use talcum powder are 30% more likely to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer than women who have not.
Speaking to a seasoned mass torts or product liability attorney if you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc is highly encouraged.
Lawsuits Over Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
In 2014 Johnson & Johnson had to begin defending against lawsuits filed by families of women who had used their talcum powder products and died from ovarian cancer.
- In 2016 the court ruled in favor of a woman who died of ovarian cancer at 62 years old. Particles of talc were found in her ovaries and were removed after her diagnosis.
- In California, a woman with ovarian cancer won $70 million in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. She has continued to fight for warning labels on the products they sell.
- 22 women who developed ovarian cancer sued the company and were awarded $2 billion. The company tried to appeal the case before the Supreme Court, but in June 2021, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal, which means that the $2 billion award still stands.
As of 2022, Johnson & Johnson are facing over 16,000 lawsuits from people who believe talc products caused their cancers. Although they have ongoing cases, Johnson & Johnson claims their product is not related to cancer. Despite this, they have removed their talc-based powder from the market.
Although Johnson & Johnson is the most prominent and long-standing talcum powder maker, they are not the only company facing lawsuits over asbestos-contaminated talc. Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of talcum powder have all been included in these lawsuits in recent years. These include retailers such as Target, Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens, which have also been successfully sued.
Contact an Attorney if You Have Been Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer After Using Talcum Powder
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer because of using talcum powder, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering. These are complex legal and medical cases that require an experienced team that can track down the source of your illness and present it to the court, proving that there is a legal liability related to your illness.
Contact the attorneys at Charles Boyk Law Offices for a free consultation. Our law office is experienced in handling talcum powder and ovarian cancer cases. Contact us today, before time is up to file a claim for your injuries.