Who Is At Risk For Mesothelioma And Ovarian Cancer Related To Talcum Powder?
- Zanes Law Web Team
- September 3, 2019
Anyone who used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder products might be at risk for mesothelioma and ovarian cancer related to talcum powder. Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and Johnson & Johnson’s other powder products used to be mostly talc. This powdery white mineral can serve many purposes, and people regularly used talcum powders to:
- Reduce oil on their skin
- Keep skin dry and comfortable in the heat
- Prevent diaper rash
- Reduce moisture and keep them feeling fresh
For decades, people thought talc was safe and continued widespread use of these products. Today, most powder-related personal care products contain no talc because of the link to mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. For many, though, the damage is already done.
Talcum Powder Use Increases a Women’s Risk of Ovarian Cancer
While the study was small, the first indication there might be something amiss with talcum powder came as early as 1971. It was that year that the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth published a study that looked at the ovarian cancer and cervical tumors removed from 13 women and discovered talc particles in 75 percent of them.
The talcum powder lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson indicate the company began trying to discredit this study almost immediately. The company still denies there are defects or dangers related to its popular powders.
Numerous epidemiological studies encompassing thousands of cases of ovarian cancer found an increased risk in women who applied talc-based powders to their genital area regularly in an attempt to reduce moisture, feel fresh, and prevent chafing. Those with the highest risk were women who used talcum powder products regularly for many years, some several decades. The women’s loyal use of Johnson & Johnson talc-based products increased their risk for mesothelioma and ovarian cancer related to talcum powder.
Known Carcinogen Asbestos May Be Present in Some Talc-Based Products
The formations where miners mine talc also frequently have other minerals, including asbestos.
Because mined talc may be contaminated with asbestos, the deadly carcinogen could make its way into talcum powder products. When a person uses these powders, they may inhale them accidentally. This is especially likely if they use the powder to reduce the oil on their face.
Inhalation of asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that only occurs in those with asbestos exposure, as well as other types of lung cancer.
You May Be Eligible to Take Legal Action
As of September 2018, there are more than 14,000 pending lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson alleging:
- The company’s talcum powder products increased risk for mesothelioma and ovarian cancer
- The company knew of the increased risk for decades before the public learned about it.
If you used one of the company’s talc-based products and now fight cancer you believe may be related, Zanes Law will review your case for free. If you have a valid case against Johnson & Johnson, you may be able to join the multi-district litigation in progress or take other action to hold the company liable and seek damages.
Talk to a Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Attorney Today
At Zanes Law, a member of our team is standing by to take your call and discuss the merits of your case with you. We know that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products increased risk for mesothelioma and ovarian cancer related to talcum powder and we may be able to pursue a settlement or award in your case, either through a mass tort or another type of legal action. We can help you try to hold the talcum powder manufacturer liable for their dangerous product and misleading marketing.
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