Talcum powder has been a very popular product on the market for years. People use talcum powder to prevent moisture, remain fresh and even to alleviate itching. And one would not ordinarily have any reason to believe that such a convenient product could possibly cause harm when used as directed. However, each year thousands of cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed and suspected of being linked to the regular use of talcum powder.
So what exactly is talc and where does talc originate? Talc contains magnesium trisilicate. This substance is mined from the ground and contains elements including magnesium, oxygen and silicon. And to enable talc to be used as a product on the market, the talc is first ground into a powder which is mainly used to absorb moisture.
But what are the possible dangers when talc is used as marketed? Talc becomes a concern when it is used by women in the genital area. In the event that the talc powder enters through the vagina and travels through the uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries, there could be a significant risk of ovarian cancer.
Other hazardous substances such as asbestos may also be found in some talc, and the risk associated with asbestos is the danger of lung cancer, if inhaled.
Who are some of the major manufacturers that market talc? A few of the major manufacturers of products containing talc include: Gold Bond, Johnson & Johnson, and Avon, to name a few. However, research continues to explore the possible risk of talc powder. Although studies continue, a jury recently determined that a major manufacturer of health care products was aware of the cancer risk posed by the use of its products containing talc.
Two class-action lawsuits were filed in 2014, a year after a Plaintiff won her legal action in which she alleged that Johnson & Johnson was negligent in failing to warn her of the possible risk of developing ovarian cancer. The Plaintiff in that case was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006.
Some studies have suggested a 33 percent increase in the likelihood of developing ovarian cancer through the use of talc powder. In fact, the two class-action lawsuits that followed alleged that Johnson & Johnson was responsible for ovarian cancer in women as a result of its talcum powder products.
However, the studies continue and if concerned about the possible risk of talcum powder, one may consider an alternative such as products containing cornstarch.
Nevertheless, if you are aware of anyone who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after continuous and/or frequent use of talcum powder, we would like you to contact us today for a free consultation. You may have a valid lawsuit against the manufacturer of the talc product.
There are more studies being conducted on this issue and the dangers associated with talc powder use. And there is a growing number of possible litigants who may seek damages from manufacturers who fail to warn of the dangers associated with the use of talc which may be linked to ovarian cancer.