Ovarian Cancer Background
In 2016, it is predicted that over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and over 14,000 will die from the disease. Doctors continue to address ovarian cancer as a silent killer because it consistently goes unnoticed among women, as the side effects are often dismissed as menstrual cramps. Scientists still have not found a definitive cause to ovarian cancer; however, there have been certain elements found to increase a women’s risk of an ovarian cancer diagnoses. One such predisposition is the use of Johnson & Jonson’s baby powder, which contains 99.8 % talc. Research connects serous ovarian cancer to talcum powder use, which increases the likelihood of a diagnoses from the standard 1 in 70 to 1 in 53 women.
What Is Talc?
Talc is a mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen and typically has a white appearance. As the world’s softest mineral, it can often be found in cosmetics such as eye shadow and blush but is also be found in plastics, paint, chewing gum. Talcum powder is the main ingredient in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder because of its ability to absorb moisture, eliminate orders, and prevent rashes.
Dangers Associated with Talcum Powder?
Before 1973, asbestos was found in talc-based products. After it was definitively proven asbestos causes cancer, steps were taken to ensure its removal from talcum powders. However, even without asbestos, talc’s chemical crystalline structure remains similar. Ingestion of such minerals leads to chronic inflammation. Multiple studies have shown that such inflammation is linked to malignant tumors’ formation.
How Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
Women have frequently used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for hygienic purposes surrounding the genital regions. In fact, since 1910 Johnson & Johnson has used advertisements directed at this specific purpose. In order for the baby powder to cause ovarian cancer the talc particles must travel through the vagina to the ovaries.
How Common is Talc Particle Migration?
The studies have mixed results. The link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer was first studied in 1971. This study found that 10 of the 13 ovarian tumors contained embedded talc. Numerous studies performed since then have found similar results.
How Strong Is The Link Between Talcum Powder And Cancer?
In 1982, Dr. Daniel Cramer, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, made the first statistical linking between ovarian cancer and genital talc use. The study was alarming enough that a Johnson & Johnson executive flew out to meet with Cramer to discuss the findings. This illustrates Johnson & Johnson’s awareness of the correlation between talcum powder and ovarian cancer from at least the time of this study. The Australian Cancer Study found statistical significance in the link between the inflammation associated with talcum powder use and ovarian cancer while looking at many potential factors and setting the appropriate controls. At least 20 other studies have found the talcum powder’s connection to ovarian cancer, and the number of studies is continuing to grow. Roberta Ness, the dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health, predicted baby powder could contribute to 2,500 women being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 1,500 dying from the disease.
Who Is At Risk of Harm From Talc?
Women who sprinkle the baby powder by or on the genital region, such as on underwear, pads, or condoms, are at risk of contracting ovarian cancer. The risk increases with long-term and frequent use of the Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The increased risk associated with long-term, frequent talcum powder use is approximately 33%.
Why Is Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Still On The Market?
Johnson & Johnson has thus far rejected the studies indicating the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, claiming that there is not enough evidence and research to conclude talc is a causation. In addition, under the law, cosmetic products such as baby powders do not require U.S. Food and Drug Association approval before distribution. Therefore, there are no requirements to post warning labels on such products.
What Are The Product Substitutions For Talcum Powders?
Corn-starch-based products contain the same characteristics and performance as talcum powders and do not have any known link to cancer. Many of Johnson & Johnson’s competitors use corn starch as their main ingredient, and Johnson & Johnson even carry a talc free line of baby powders.
What Are The Results Of Previous Talc Lawsuits?
The first case against Johnson & Johnson occurred in South Dakota in 2013. Johnson & Johnson was found negligible for its failure to disclose the dangers of talc on its product; however, no damages were awarded.
In February, 2016, Jaqueline Fox’s family was awarded $72 million dollars in damages, finding the Johnson’s Baby Powder, used regularly by Ms. Fox for three decades, was a contributing factor to her death from ovarian cancer.
In May, 2016, another woman, Gloria Ristesund, was awarded $55 million dollars in damages after she too used the talcum powder for hygienic purposes. She used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for decades before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and undergoing multiple surgeries and a hysterectomy as a result.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 1,200 pending cases, with about 1,000 of these based in Missouri alone. The lawsuits surround Johnson & Johnson’s failure to disclose the dangers associated with its baby powder to its consumers.
Do I Have A Talc Claim?
If you have used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder regularly for an extended period of time on or by the genital region and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may have a claim. Call us today for a free consultation to decide if you have a claim.
How Do I File A Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
The filing process varies depending on each state. An attorney knows how to maneuver through the complicated process and will ensure that everything is completed appropriately. At The Dixon Injury Firm, we will ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to earn your deserved compensation. There is no fee until you have received a winning verdict and compensation.
How Long Do I Have To File My Talc Claim?
Each state has different statutes of limitation, which means that deadlines vary depending on the state in which you reside. Unfortunately, since there are deadlines for claims, once that time passes you will not have the opportunity to receive the compensation you deserve. That is why it is vital to contact us today, so we can ensure you receive justice.
How Much Is A Talc Lawsuit Worth?
The compensation awarded varies from case to case, depending on the state laws and degree of damages. There is no established amount awarded in talcum powder lawsuits, and the two 2016 cases are just the beginning. Here at The Dixon Injury Firm, we will work to earn you your entitled compensation.
Why Should I Hire A Talc Lawyer at The Dixon Injury Firm?
The Dixon Injury Firm is on your side. Far too often large corporations are able to dodge bullets and hide behind complex jargon while the consumer suffers. We want to stand up for you and hold these companies responsible for their negligence and harm they have caused to you. We have the experience to ensure success in receiving the verdict or settlement you deserve. Whether you are in Missouri or in any other state, your claim matters to us. Contact us today for a free consultation at 855-552-2337.