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Since the 1970’s, research has indicated that talcum powder could possibly cause cancer. Despite this, companies have continued to sell the powder without warning users about potential risks. Johnson & Johnson has recently become the focus of class action lawsuits initiated by women who claimed the company’s products contributed to their development of ovarian cancer. According to USA Today, Johnson & Johnson recently paid $55 million to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder regularly. Another family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer received $72 million.
Despite research and studies showing that talcum powder could lead to ovarian cancer, the company continued to sell its products without warnings. In fact, some studies indicate that women who use talcum powder regularly on their genital area are 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer. The New York Times reports that in one study, African American women who used talc were 44 percent more likely to develop invasive epithelial ovarian cancer.
Additionally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified talcum powder as a potential carcinogen when used in the female genital area. Individuals who have used talc over the years should keep in mind that cancer development occurs due to several factors, including environment, genes and behavior. However, if you used talc and developed ovarian cancer, you may be able to join the growing number of women who are seeking compensation from Johnson & Johnson for its failure to warn consumers about the danger of its products. Contact the personal injury attorney at The Finnell Firm today to learn more about your options if you believe your use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder and talc products may have contributed to your development of cancer.
What Is Talc And Talcum Powder?
Talc is a naturally occurring powder, made up of magnesium and silicone. While studies first came out in the 1970s linking talc to ovarian cancer, it wasn’t until recently that the risk became more publicized. The studies have found a link between talc use and ovarian cancer, with one researcher noting that for every six talcum powder users who develop ovarian cancer, one person’s development of cancer may be due to the use of talc. Talc crystals can get embedded in the ovarian tissue, which may contribute to the development of cancer.
Despite these studies, the Food and Drug Administration has not yet issued warnings. Talc, when inhaled can also cause problems. According to the American Cancer Society, some studies show that inhaling talc can increase a person’s risk of lung cancer. However, the studies are inconclusive because individuals who may have been exposed to long-term talc inhalation, may also have inhaled other carcinogens. At the end of the day, if you have ovarian cancer, you may want to consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer in Rome and Atlanta, Georgia. The Finnell Firm has more than 40 years of legal experience helping individuals seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Do I Have A Case Against Johnson & Johnson?
Under products liability law, product manufacturers can be held liable if the products they sell are dangerous or fail to meet the expectations that advertisements claims suggest. Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claim that the company advertised the use of its products in a manner the company knew to be potentially dangerous. Studies have suggested that talc can result in ovarian cancer if used regularly.
Despite this, the manufacturer advertised the product for this very use. In addition, the company failed to properly warn consumers about the potential danger or risks of using the product. Johnson & Johnson currently denies that its products can lead to ovarian cancer and it is trying to appeal the decisions of recent cases. For many women who used the product on a daily basis who then went on to develop cancer, the damage has been done. If you used talc on a regular basis and have developed cancer, you could possibly join a growing number of women who are pushing to seek a recovery from Johnson & Johnson. Many women argue that the products should carry proper warnings. Despite losing several lawsuits, the company still hasn’t changed its policies. It won’t likely change these policies unless more women speak up.
Get The Facts After Your Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Many factors can contribute to a woman’s development of ovarian cancer. However, if you’ve been using talcum powder, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages related to your use of the product. Johnson & Johnson has already lost several high-profile lawsuits from women who formerly used the product, who then went on to develop ovarian cancer. The American Cancer Society lists talc as a possible risk factor. If you or a loved one has suffered from ovarian cancer, you have important rights. The Finnell Firm may be able to help.