What is Talc?
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, comprised of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. Talcum powder is simply a mineral ground into a fine powder, and is often the main ingredient in many feminine hygiene products, including many powder based “freshening” items such as Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
How Does Talc Cause Ovarian Cancer?
The American Cancer Society and the World Health Organization started raising concerns almost two decades ago. It is believed that the link between talc and an increased risk of cancer has been known to manufacturers since 1961. Talc was originally implicated as a possible ovarian carcinogen because of its chemical resemblance to asbestos, which has been related to the development of ovarian cancer.
Because talc products are marketed as feminine hygiene products, the application of these items raise the risk of talc particles entering a woman's body. This can lead to talc particles traveling to the ovaries where they cause irritation and eventually lay the groundwork for ovarian cancer.
Recent studies have shown an up to 30% increase in the risk of ovarian cancer from repeated use of talcum powder based products. According to Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Cramer, up to 10,000 women a year develop ovarian cancer from use of these feminine hygiene products.
Why Join this Lawsuit?
In 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of South Carolina resident Deane Berg. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, doctors discovered talc particles in the cancerous tissue that was removed from her uterus. Lawyers representing the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson admitted in court that the company was aware of the link between their talcum powder products and ovarian cancer for years, but it was determined to be insignificant enough not to require a warning label. Deane Berg won the case, and the court determined that Johnson & Johnson was negligent due to the failure to properly label their products with a warning to consumers.
Because of this failure, many women have needlessly suffered from ovarian cancer. A cancer that may have been avoided.
If you or someone you know, contracted ovarian cancer from the repeated use of talcum based products, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call 1-800-LAW-FIRM for a free, confidential consultation.