There is evidence that baby powder can cause ovarian cancer. Baby powder made with talc may contain asbestos, a known carcinogen (something that causes cancer). Women who use baby powder containing talc on their private parts increase their risk of developing ovarian and uterine cancer.
Numerous Studies Link Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer
In a study published in the National Institutes of Health, women of similar ages and backgrounds who used baby powder on their private parts were more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
According to Reuters, the majority of African American women who developed ovarian cancer regularly used baby powder containing talc as part of their feminine hygiene routine.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry notes that asbestos, which is often mined along with talc, is a known carcinogen that is linked to lung cancer, and may contribute to ovarian cancer. They recommend that women do not use talc-based baby powder on their genitals.
Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits
The most famous baby powder on the market is made by Johnson & Johnson, a multi-billion-dollar corporation. The company has been under siege by tens of thousands of plaintiffs over its baby powder and medical devices.
Although Johnson & Johnson states that their baby powder does not cause cancer, they have lost several lawsuits in which women allege that the product contributed to their cancer diagnosis.
According to The Washington Post, 22 women plaintiffs sued Johnson & Johnson in a case that was tried in Missouri. The women claimed that repeated use of baby powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The jury deliberated for only eight hours before issuing a verdict for the plaintiffs with damages of more than $4 billion.
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What You Need To Know About a Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit
There are currently thousands of pending lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.
You may be able to pursue damages if you meet certain conditions, including:
- You extensively used baby powder for feminine hygiene.
- You were diagnosed by a licensed medical provider with ovarian, uterine, or another type of reproductive malignancy.
- You have not accepted any payment for damages from any company that makes or markets baby powder.
- You have not signed any waivers or statements that prohibit you from pursuing legal action.
- You are within your state’s statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one meet these conditions, you have the option to talk to a lawyer who is familiar with this type of litigation.
A Lawyer Can Help You Seek Compensation and Justice
It seems incredible that manufacturers were unaware of the risks associated with talcum baby powder. They should be held accountable for your injuries and damages.
Some of the damages that you could recover include:
- Medical care and attention, including cancer treatments
- Lost pay or diminished earning ability
- Lifecare or domestic costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium or companionship
Sometimes a lawsuit recovering damages is the most effective way of ending harmful business manufacturing practices or products.
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Ovarian Cancer Warning Signs
Ovarian cancer is a form of cancer that begins with malignant tumors in a woman’s ovaries. It is often undetected until it has spread into the pelvic area and abdomen, according to Mayo Clinic.
Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is difficult to effectively treat once it has progressed and spread. In addition to using baby powder, other risk factors for ovarian cancer include family history and an inherited gene mutation that is also linked to breast cancer.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
- Bloating, swelling, or pain in the abdomen or pelvis area
- Feeling full quickly when eating
- Unintentional weight loss
- Constipation or other changes in bowel movements
- Having more frequent need to urinate
Women rarely have symptoms of this cancer in its early stages, and symptoms of the disease in its later stages can be confused with other conditions.
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Baby powder can cause ovarian cancer or at least increase your risk factor if you are a woman who extensively uses this product for feminine hygiene. If you were recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you are invited to contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free consultation. Call us at (800) 217-6099.