Talcum Powder Use Linked to Ovarian Cancer
Since the Johnson & Johnson “Shower to Shower” TV advertising campaign in the 1960s, American women have been lead to believe that talcum powder is an important step in personal hygiene. (You may recall the slogan – “Just a sprinkle a day helps keep odor away.”) Many women have been using “Shower to Shower” and “Johnson’s Baby Powder” to absorb moisture, prevent odor, and reduce chafing in the genital area, and have used the product for years, believing it was safe.
These products are made from talc. Decades of scientific research have raised concerns and recent research has confirmed that genital talc use increases the risk of ovarian cancer, a serious and often fatal disease.
A number of women who have used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene have developed ovarian cancer, and some have not survived the course of the disease. As stated by the Mayo Clinic, this type of cancer usually shows no symptoms in the early stages. It can go undetected until it has spread through the abdomen and pelvic region. In its later stages, ovarian cancer is difficult to treat and often fatal.
Approximately 1,200 women who have developed ovarian cancer after genital talc use are suing Johnson & Johnson for their injuries. In February and May 2016, two plaintiffs were awarded $72 million and $55 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or lost a loved one after talcum powder use, it is crucial to speak with an attorney right away. A legal action to seek justice should be initiated as soon as possible. Our talcum powder side effect lawyers at Farah & Farah are currently investigating talcum powder injury claims nationwide.
Studies Linking Talcum Powder Use to Ovarian Cancer
When talcum powder is used in the genital area, particles of talc can travel through the vagina, cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes into the ovaries, where they can lodge for years, causing cancer cells to develop. Pathologists have identified the presence of talc particles in ovarian cancer tissue samples.
Scientific research in which a link has been found between ovarian cancer and genital talcum powder use includes:
- Findings published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2010 linking ovarian cancer to talc;
- A study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2013 in which researchers found a 20% to 30% increased risk of developing epithelial (in the outer surface of the ovaries) ovarian cancer with genital use of talcum powder;
- A large case study published by the Journal of Epidemiology in May 2016 in which researchers found that genital use of talc is linked to elevated risk of epithelial ovarian cancer.
Nationwide Talcum Powder Injury Attorney
At Farah & Farah, we have devoted our practice to representing injured victims, and we are deeply involving in personal injury matters. Our talcum powder ovarian cancer attorneys are knowledgeable, skilled and determined to help injured women and their families pursue justice. Contact our office as soon as possible for a free consultation. Our early involvement could make a critical difference in the outcome of your claim. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.