Ovarian Cancer Victims File Talcum Powder Lawsuit Claims
Women Suffering from Ovarian Cancer Blame Asbestos in Talc
Monday, August 19, 2019 - For decades, thousands of women used talcum powder as a daily part of their hygiene routine. Now many of them are filing talcum powder lawsuit claims, seeking compensation for the expenses and suffering from ovarian cancer. The primary defendant, Johnson & Johnson denies a risk for ovarian cancer from talcum powder, and more than 12,000 cases are currently pending in courts around the United States. Read the answers to common questions regarding the ovarian cancer litigation faced by Johnson & Johnson:
What is talc?
Talc is a mineral mined from natural deposits around the world. It is found in underground clay, and is extracted for a wide range of consumer products and industrial applications. It is the softest naturally-occurring mineral on earth.
When did women start using talcum powder?
Johnson's Baby Powder was originally designed for us in diapering babies. It was originally part of a kit provided to midwives, but women quickly showed preference for the product themselves. For decades, many women have made it a daily practice to sprinkle a talc-based powder on their perineum, for moisture absorbency and odor control. Soon after releasing the product more than 100 years ago, Johnson & Johnson began marketing it to women.
How does talc cause cancer?
Talcum powder lawsuit claims rely on four decades-worth of scientific evidence which has been produced by independent medical researchers. This research indicates that women who use talc for genital dusting are more likely to develop ovarian cancer than the general public, and more routine use increases the degree of heightened risk they face. Researchers say talc particles enter the female reproductive system, then travel through the fallopian tubes before coming to rest in the ovaries. Talc particles do not disintegrate, but instead can remain intact for decades, causing inflammation and setting the stage for cancer growth.
Where does asbestos factor in?
New evidence used in the most recent surge of talcum powder lawsuit claims shows J&J has fretted for decades about asbestos in its raw talc supply. Asbestos natural occurs alongside talc, so it comes as no surprise that Johnson's Baby Powder has contained asbestos at points throughout history. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and is closely linked to a very serious lung cancer called mesothelioma. There is very little research on the effects of asbestos in the ovaries specifically, but the fact that asbestos causes cancer in humans is incontrovertible.
Are people winning lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson?
Yes, a number of lawsuits have been won by and on behalf of women who have suffered from ovarian cancer after using talc, receiving damages in the hundreds of millions and even billions. J&J continues to insist its products are safe for regular use, even in the shadow of these major jury trials.
Who can file a claim?
Any woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has a history of using talcum powder for feminine hygiene may file a claim.