For many years, women have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by using talcum, or talc powder.  The main manufacturer of the product, Johnson & Johnson, has been held accountable for the lack of warnings on their product. Several class action lawsuits have been filed against the pharmaceutical giant in order to hold them accountable and prevent other women from a positive diagnosis. Women who have used the product and have been diagnosed with the disease should consider speaking with a lawyer. Depending on the facts of the case, a claim can be filed and possible financial assistance may be awarded for the punitive damages. Every case is different, which is why so many women are seeking legal help.

WHAT IS TALCUM?

Talcum is a mineral that is made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. The use of the mineral as a powder was intended to absorb moisture and alleviate friction. The mineral used as a powder proved to be highly effective in preventing rashes, keeping skin dry, and removing odors. There are two main types of talcum: asbestos and asbestos-free. Since the awareness of the link between asbestos and cancer, asbestos use has been strictly regulated. Today, most products don’t contain the dangerous substance. However, ovarian cancer has now been linked to the talc powder that is asbestos-free. Studies and tests are still currently being done to understand why the asbestos-free product is causing an increased risk in the disease. The product is now considered to be possibly carcinogenic to humans, and without proper warnings or labels, the manufacturer of the product is culpable for failing to warn their customers.

DISEASE DEVELOPMENT

How does ovarian cancer develop from the use of talc powder? When used daily for extended periods of time, studies have shown that women have a higher risk of developing the disease. Not all women who use the product develop the disease, but it still puts women at an increased risk. Studies have shown that women who use the product are three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer. When women use the product daily, particularly if it is applied to the genital area or a sanitary napkin, they are putting themselves at risk. The mineral particles can travel through the body, from the uterus through the fallopian tubes and finally to the ovary. In some cases, cancerous tumors have been examined and particles of the product have been found.

LACK OF WARNINGS LEADING TO LAWSUITS

The lack of warnings about ovarian cancer as a side effect of using talc powder is the reason many women choose to file a lawsuit. For anyone who has used the product over extended periods of time, it is suggested to contact a lawyer and discuss available options. Consumers who have used the product can consider filing a claim even if they have not been diagnosed with the disease. Manufacturers are responsible for producing a product that does not harm consumers and warning them of all possible side effects. Despite an increasing number of cases, the only warning on the product is to avoid eye contact. Withholding the information about ovarian cancer being linked with talc powder usage prevents consumers from making an informed decision about the products they buy.