Baby powder, also known as talcum powder, smells delightful, soothes skin, and prevents rashes, but many women who have developed ovarian cancer after long-term exposure to talcum powder have sued Johnson & Johnson for negligence in exposing them to the risks of ovarian cancer from their product, and won. Talc, which is the main ingredient in baby powder, is also present in other personal care products, and ovarian cancer patients have, in some cases, successfully brought claims against Johnson & Johnson for failing to take adequate safety precautions that could have prevented their cancer. If you think that your ovarian cancer diagnosis is due to exposure to personal care products containing talc, contact a talcum powder lawsuit attorney.
Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral; its main components are the elements oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. According to the American Cancer Society, some studies on humans and animals have shown that prolonged topical use of talcum powder increases the risk of cancer, while other similar studies have shown that talc is not carcinogenic. In many of the instances in which people got cancer after frequent use of talcum powder, it was because the talcum powder contained non-trivial amounts of asbestos, a mineral which is highly carcinogenic when its dust is inhaled. (Asbestos is what causes many construction workers to develop mesothelioma or lung cancer after renovating buildings with asbestos-containing materials.) The asbestos content of talcum powder is subject to legal regulations; thus, commercially available talcum powders should not contain detectable amounts of asbestos.
The Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
Beginning in 2016, many women in various states sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming that its talcum powder exposed them to carcinogens that caused their ovarian cancer. Most of these women had habitually applied talcum powder to their genitals or to sanitary napkins. In at least eight cases, the plaintiffs won, and Johnson & Johnson paid settlements; it has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to plaintiffs, some of which was for class action lawsuits. As of early 2019, more than 12,000 claims related to ovarian cancer allegedly caused by Johnson & Johnson talcum powder are still pending. Allegations that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contained asbestos have arisen from time to time since the 1970s, and some of the plaintiffs in the cases currently pending also claim that they were exposed to asbestos through Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.
Contact Patrick Yancey About Product Liability Cases
Product liability laws are designed to protect consumers from dangerous products; if you have used talcum powder and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, then you might have grounds for a lawsuit. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to discuss your case.