If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after use of talc products such as Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, you may be entitled to compensation.
Talcum powder is a commonly used bathroom product, sold by companies like Johnson & Johnson as Baby Powder or Shower to Shower. Recently, jury trials have awarded over $195 million dollars in damages, finding that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers about the risk for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer can be uniquely deadly in its later stages if not detected early.
Juries award multi-million dollar damages in ovarian cancer lawsuits
Over 2,000 cases have been filed against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) alleging that their talc products cause ovarian cancer. J&J insists that their products are safe, but have lost three straight trials and have been ordered to pay over $195 million in damages. Deborah Giannecchini, 62, was awarded more than $70 million after using baby powder for feminine hygiene for several years. She developed ovarian cancer and doctors gave her only a 20% chance to live in the next two years. There were similar verdicts in cases involving a South Dakota woman with ovarian cancer and the family of an Alabama woman who died from the disease; J&J were ordered to pay $55 million and $72 million dollars in damages, respectively. J&J plans to appeal the cases and fight other cases they are implicated in.
Some studies demonstrate a link between talc use and ovarian cancer
As early as the 1970s, researchers showed a link between talc and cancer, finding talc particles embedded in tumors. More recent research found that women who used talc had nearly twice the risk of developing ovarian cancer than those that did not use talc. A study in 2013 pooled 8,525 cases and 9,859 controls to find a moderate increased risk for ovarian cancer with genital talcum powder use. The risk appears greater in some groups, including African American women. Additionally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization of the United Nations and an agency dedicated to documenting the occurrence of cancer worldwide and the carcinogenicity of various substances, found that genital use of talc was " possibly carcinogenic to humans."
While these are all observational studies and it is difficult to find a causal link between any substance and cancer, many scientists believe there may be some risk between genital talc use and developing ovarian cancer. The lawsuits filed allege that Johnson & Johnson failed to acknowledge this possibility and add warning labels to their products, even in light of their own talc supplier adding warning labels.
What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
In many cases, symptoms are not apparent in early stages of ovarian cancer. Though symptoms can vary for each person, some common symptoms include:
- Changes in appetite, frequently a loss of appetite
- More frequent urination
- Indigestion, bloating, or nausea
- Feeling tired
- Changes in bowel movements
- Feelings of pressure in the hips or lower back
Do I have a talcum powder lawsuit?
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