An ever-expanding amount of evidence has been amassed that suggests using talcum powder in your genital area as part of your feminine hygiene routine can increase your odds of developing ovarian cancer. Using talcum powder routinely throughout your life can increase your odds of developing ovarian cancer by about 30%.
How Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?
Both baby powder and talcum powder contain talc. Talc is a mineral comprised of oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. This composition is not unlike asbestos which has already been shown to be a carcinogen.
When the talc is ground up into a powder-like that found in baby powder/talcum powder, the mineral then will absorb moisture to reduce friction. The main issue is that if you are a woman, and use talcum powder in your genital area, these tiny talc particles can migrate into your vagina and then into your ovaries where they become trapped. These trapped particles can cause inflammation which can lead to the growth of cancer cells.
What Do I Need to Know About the Talcum Powder Lawsuits?
Women between the ages of 40 and 60 make up the majority of women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
As in most defective product lawsuits, especially those that concern dangerous and/or defective drugs, there’s normally a prescription, pharmacy record, or other documentation that shows you purchased the product. Because talcum powder is an over-the-counter product, it’s hard to prove you actually bought the product.
Instead, either you or one of your surviving family members must be able to testify that you used talcum powder regularly.
What Are the 6 Factors Needed to File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
In order to file a talcum powder cancer lawsuit, the following criteria may be necessary:
- Your cancer must be a type of ovarian cancer
- You must have used talcum powder daily with a period of use of at least 5 years.
- If your lawsuit involves Johnson & Johnson, you must have used that brand of baby/talcum powder almost exclusively.
- You must have used the talcum powder on your genital area
- You must be able to provide a positive biopsy that shows evidence of talcum powder being present.
- You must have any genetic disorder that pre-disposes you to ovarian cancer such as the BRCA 1 gene or BRCA 2 gene.
How Can A Talcum Powder Lawyer Help Me?
The Long Island, New York talcum powder attorneys at The Falkowitz Law Firm can help you if you or a loved one was harmed by the use of talcum/baby powder.
There have been many lawsuits against the manufacturers of talcum/baby powder, including Johnson & Johnson by both the victims of ovarian cancer or their families who are seeking monetary compensation for ovarian cancer caused by this dangerous product. You may be due a settlement and your attorneys can help you get it.
The Long Island, New York talcum powder lawyers at The Falkowitz Law Firm offer a free consultation so they can evaluate your individual case and advise you of the next steps that are legally available to you so you can receive all the monetary compensation you deserve for your ovarian cancer.