Although the mineral talc appears in a multitude of personal hygiene products, various studies have shown that its use in talcum powder may create a higher possibility of developing ovarian cancer for women who have used the powder in the area of their genitals.
Victims of this exposure have filed thousands of lawsuits against the manufacturers of talcum powder, primarily Johnson & Johnson, alleging the manufacturer knew about the potential dangers of the ingredients in its talcum powder but failed to warn consumers about the danger.
If you believe your ovarian cancer occurred because of the use of talcum powder in Los Angeles, California, consider contacting a Los Angeles ovarian cancer lawyer for a free consultation about your case. The Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you seek compensation you may be entitled to. Call us at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation.
What Is Ovarian Cancer?
According to Mayo Clinic, ovarian cancer is a specific type of cancer that forms in the ovaries, a part of the female reproductive system that produces eggs and female hormones.
Because ovarian cancer is a difficult kind to detect, women who contract this type of cancer may have significant health problems associated with it. Doctors may not find ovarian cancer until it has spread to other areas of the body, including the abdomen. Once it spreads, treatment may be difficult.
Causes of Ovarian Cancer
According to the Cleveland Clinic, women who have other illnesses or genetic risks may have a higher possibility of developing ovarian cancer. Some of those risk factors may include:
- Family history of ovarian cancer
- Presence of other types of cancer, primarily breast and uterine cancer
- Never having been pregnant
Talcum Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, it is possible that an ovarian cancer diagnosis may relate to the use of talcum powder near the genital area of a woman. Some studies have shown a slight increase in the risk of ovarian cancer for a woman who has used talcum powder, but studies continue so additional information may appear in the near future.
The lightweight particles that are part of talcum powder may reach the ovaries of the woman if she applied it near her genitals, travel through the vagina and uterus, reach the fallopian tubes, and then move to the ovaries.
Finding Potential Justice for Your Injuries
After a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you may be wondering if you have the opportunity to file a lawsuit related to your use of talcum powder. By contacting a Los Angeles ovarian cancer lawyer, such as those with the team Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, you may receive a free consultation to discuss your case.
Should you decide to hire us, we may begin working on your behalf to help you fight for the compensation you may be entitled to for awards related to your ovarian cancer diagnosis.
For a free legal consultation with a ovarian cancer lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Possible Role of Asbestos in Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
As another potential danger of using talcum powder for women, a study published in the European journal of cancer prevention and hosted by the National Center for Biotechnical Information (NCBI) suggests that some women diagnosed with ovarian cancer had asbestos in their cancerous tissues.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral shown to be a cause of mesothelioma, an often-fatal type of cancer, when inhaled.
Some people who have developed mesothelioma related to asbestos exposure have inhaled the fibers. Asbestos appeared in products commonly used in construction for decades in the past, including insulation and flooring. During the manufacturing, installation, or removal of these products, victims may have inhaled the asbestos fibers.
Asbestos in Talc
As the health risks of asbestos became more apparent, manufacturers stopped using asbestos in manufacturing. However, because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, it may still be found in certain areas.
Asbestos may be found alongside the mineral talc, which is the primary ingredient in talcum powder. Sometimes when mining talc, asbestos may be inadvertently mined with the talc.
Those manufacturers attempting to create products using talc, such as talcum powder, need to remove the asbestos from the talc before using it. However, not all manufacturers may have done this as early as they should have, failing to notify consumers about the presence of asbestos in talcum powder.
Risk of Asbestos and Ovarian Cancer
Although studies have found that asbestos may lead to mesothelioma, studies about the risk of asbestos in ovarian cancer continue.
Because some cancerous tissues show the presence of asbestos, some researchers believe that the use of impure talc in the area of the genitals may lead to a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. Some researchers believe the ovaries absorb asbestos fibers through the exposure to talcum powder, and the fibers may cause the formation of tumors.
Because talcum powder manufacturers may have failed to disclose the possible presence of asbestos in talcum powder as early as they should have, they may be found liable for the diagnosis of ovarian cancer in some victims.
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm May Study the Facts in Your Case
At the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team may be able to help victims of big businesses that sell unsafe products. If you are a victim, you should not have to pay for your medical bills on your own. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering from the liable parties.
Even if your original exposure to talcum powder was many years ago, you may still have the right to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powder.
A Los Angeles ovarian cancer lawyer may be able to help. This type of cancer may cause a significant reduction in the quality of life of the victim. For help with your case, call us at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation. We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you do not need to make any payment up front.