Recent research has established a link between ovarian cancer and long-term use of talcum powder products in the genital area. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene, it is in your best interests to speak with a talcum powder injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may have the right to file a claim for damages against the manufacturer.
At Farah & Farah, we are currently investigating talcum powder injury claims nationwide. Our personal injury attorneys help people who have been injured through the negligence of others seek justice and compensation for their losses. If you have been injured by Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products, contact our office for a consultation. We can evaluate your claim, free of charge.
How Can Talcum Powder Products Cause Cancer?
Many women have used Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower (deodorizing talcum powder for adults) for feminine hygiene – to prevent odor, absorb moisture, and prevent chafing in the genital area – on a regular basis for years. According to recent research published in the Journal of Epidemiology, the longer the term of usage, the greater the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
When talc-containing products are used in the genital area, tiny particles of talc can be absorbed into the vagina and travel through the fallopian tubes to the ovaries. These particles do not break down and remain lodged in the tissue for years, causing irritation and inflammation. When this occurs, cancer can develop in the cells covering the outer surface of the ovaries.
Research on Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
A number of studies have shown a potential link between genital talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published findings linking ovarian cancer to talc in 2010. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a study in 2013 in which researchers found a 20% to 30% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer with genital use of talcum powder, specifically epithelial (the tissues lining the cavities and surfaces of blood vessels and organs) cancer in the outer surface of the ovaries. The Journal of Epidemiology also published a case study in May 2016 in which researchers found that genital use of talc was associated with elevated risk of epithelial ovarian cancer.
How Experts Can Determine If Talcum Powder Caused Ovarian Cancer
When talc particles travel through the fallopian tubes to the ovaries, they can remain lodged in the tissue. Long-term, consistent use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene increases the chances of this occurring. If long-term genital use of talcum powder caused you or your loved one to develop ovarian cancer, a pathologist may find talc particles in tissue samples from the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or lymph nodes.
Legal Help for Talcum Powder Injury Victims
If you have developed ovarian cancer after long-term genital use of talcum powder, Farah & Farah can help. We believe that large corporations should be held accountable for failure to warn consumers about the dangers of their products. Our talcum powder side effect attorneys can evaluate your claim, explain your options under the law, and help you pursue compensation for your injuries. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.