Talcum powder has been a commonly used product found in American households for decades. Johnson’s Baby Powder has been a nursery staple, given to expectant mothers at baby showers and used by many parents with every diaper change. “Shower to Shower” deodorant powder has also been a household word since the Johnson & Johnson television campaign in the ’60s featuring the advertising jingle, “Just a sprinkle a day help keeps odor away.”
Talcum powder products absorb moisture, reduce chafing, and prevent odors. Unfortunately, long-term use of talcum powder has also been associated with serious health issues. Johnson & Johnson is facing approximately 1,200 lawsuits and has already been court-ordered to pay out $127 million in damages awarded in two lawsuits for ovarian cancer developed after prolonged use of J & J talcum powder products for feminine hygiene.
If you or your loved one has developed ovarian cancer or other injuries that could be related to long term use of talcum powder products, it is in your best interests to speak with a personal injury lawyer about filing a claim for compensation. At Farah & Farah, we represent clients who have been injured through the negligence acts of others. We believe that negligent manufacturers should be held accountable for the harm their products cause, and we are zealous advocates for the injured women we represent.
What Is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is made from talc, the softest known mineral, which is mined from the ground like other minerals. Talc is composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. It is translucent with a pearly luster and can be crushed to make talcum powder.
Talc can absorb moisture, oils, and odor. It is also astringent and lubricant when used on human skin. Because of these properties, talc is a component in many commercial products, including baby powder, foot powder, body powder, cosmetics, chewing gum, and tablets.
As talcum powder absorbs moisture and odors and reduces friction, it has become a commonly used feminine hygiene product. However, scientific research has found an increased risk of ovarian cancer with long-term genital use of talc-containing products.
How Can Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
When talcum powder is applied to the genital area, tiny talc particles can be absorbed into the vagina and travel through the cervix, the uterus, the fallopian tubes, and into the ovaries. There they can cause irritation and inflammation, allowing cancer cells to form and multiply.
Pathologists have found talc particles in tissue samples from cancerous tissue in the ovaries and the pelvic lymph nodes of women with ovarian cancer.
Get a Free Consultation With Our Talcum Powder Injury Attorneys
Our talcum powder injury lawyers at Farah & Farah are currently investigating talcum powder injury claims nationwide. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you suspect that it may have been caused by genital talcum powder use, contact our office right away for a free consultation. You may have a case that could allow you to seek damages for the injuries and other losses you have suffered.
Our talcum powder injury lawyers can advise you of your options under the law. You can rely on us to remain steadfast and unrelenting when we represent you in a personal injury claim for compensation. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.