Since the 1970's, studies have indicated that talcum powder could potentially lead to cancer of the reproductive system. Evidence indicates that talcum powder particles can travel into the fallopian tubes and lead to an increased risk that a woman will develop ovarian cancer. While scientists continue to study the role talcum powder can play in the development of cancer, some women who have developed ovarian cancer and who used talcum powder have won lawsuits for their injuries. Some talcum powder companies have advertised the use of the powder on the genital area as a deodorant. Yet, this very use may have led to the development of cancer in some women.

Many individuals believe that companies that produce the powder had sufficient evidence that the powder carried health risks. Their lawsuits argue that the companies should have properly warned women about the risks of using the product. Johnson & Johnson is one company that has not put warnings on its products. Johnson & Johnson has already lost several lawsuits claiming that talcum powder use contributed to consumers' development of ovarian cancer. If you have developed ovarian cancer and regularly used talc powder, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, and pain and suffering. The Finnell Firm is a talc powder lawsuit lawyer in Rome and Atlanta, Georgia who may be able to help you understand your rights and seek justice.

Talc Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

In recent years women have won several talc powder ovarian cancer lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who developed ovarian cancer after years of claimed talcum powder use. Another jury awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died after using Johnson & Johnson baby powder products. The lawsuits claim that the company was aware of studies linking talcum powder to cancer and yet did not place warning labels on its products. Furthermore, the company advertised uses of the product that could lead to cancer based on some of the scientific evidence available.

Talcum powder is used in cosmetics and other personal care products. It is sometimes used to absorb moisture and improve odor. Studies have suggested that women who apply talcum powder regularly in the genital area may be more at risk of developing ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, studies suggest that talc particles can make their way to the ovaries, if women regularly use talcum powder in the genital area. While the research has produced mixed results, many studies have indicated that talc use brings a small increase in risk of developing ovarian cancer. While research continues, many companies still do not place warnings on their products. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled talc powders as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." The American Cancer Society suggests that those who are concerned about talcum powder use should avoid or limit their use until further studies determine whether it can increase cancer risk.

However, for women who regularly used talc and who later went on to develop ovarian cancer, these suggestions come too late. If you or a loved one has suffered from cancer after regularly using talc products, you may be able to join a growing number of women who are seeking a recovery from talc manufacturers for failing to properly warn consumers about the potential risk their products could cause. Every case is unique and a qualified lawyer can review your case to determine the best course forward. Some women have chosen to join class action lawsuits and others have pursued lawsuits individually with the assistance of a talc powder lawsuit lawyer. One major company has already lost a couple of large lawsuits regarding talcum powder use. If you have questions, the talc powder lawsuit lawyers at The Finnell Firm can offer answers. Contact our Atlanta and Rome, Georgia firm today to learn more.

Raising Awareness and Seeking Justice

While the research about ovarian cancer and talc use needs further study, many women, when asked, simply say it wouldn't be worth the risk to use a product that may cause cancer in the future. Companies that sell talc powder have failed to place warning labels on their products despite research suggesting there may be a risk and despite the fact that the company's own internal memos reference the link between talcum powder and cancer.

Talc powder lawsuits are raising awareness about the potential risk of certain uses of talcum powder. Some of the charges against Johnson & Johnson include negligence, breach of implied warranty, violating consumers' legal remedies, and violating the unfair competition law. If you believe that your use of talcum powder may have contributed to your developing ovarian cancer, or you have a loved one who has suffered from ovarian cancer after regular talc powder use, contact the talc powder lawsuit lawyers at The Finnell Firm today. We fight for families and their loved ones in Rome and Atlanta, Georgia.