Talcum powder usually appears as an ingredient in feminine hygiene products. Due to the fact that talcum powder can contain asbestos, a carcinogen, it has links to the development of ovarian cancer in users.
Research on Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Several studies have linked exposure to talcum powder to the development of ovarian cancer.
According to Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP), some studies suggest a correlation between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Furthermore, the Cancer Journal featured research that confirmed some women who had exposure to talcum powder were at a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer than those who did not expose themselves to talcum powder.
Due to additional discoveries that show that estrogen plays a significant role in the inflammatory response to talc, women have an even greater risk of developing ovarian or cervical cancer after consistent exposure to talc, according to research published in Epidemiology.
Talcum Powder Manufacturers Knowledge of the Relationship Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Talcum powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew of the relationship between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, as well as the risk of developing other types of cancer for decades. Internal documents prove that their own company research showed that talc particles also contained a known carcinogen, asbestos, according to Reuters.
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Development of Ovarian Cancer
If you regularly used talcum powder and developed ovarian or cervical cancer, you may wonder what your rights are with respect to developing a case against a talcum powder manufacturer. Ovarian cancer is an aggressive cancer that starts in the ovaries of a woman and then often metastasizes (spreads) to other areas in the body.
Women may also develop cervical cancer and peritoneal cancer (the lining of the abdomen) following their long-time use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product. Consider the following questions regarding your own unique set of facts and circumstances:
- Were you diagnosed with ovarian, cervical, or peritoneal cancer?
- Did you use talcum powder for years as a feminine hygiene product in an attempt to absorb moisture or reduce chafing?
- Did any biopsy results from any masses or tumors reveal that they contained any talc particles or mesothelioma particles?
Depending on your history of using feminine hygiene products and your diagnosis, you may have a case.
Following an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Of course, you should always follow the advice of your medical provider regarding your diagnosis of ovarian, cervical, or peritoneal cancer. If you make the decision to consider moving forward regarding a lawsuit against a talcum manufacturer, you will need to retain all of your records with respect to your medical bills, diagnosis, medical testing, surgeries, medical treatments, prescriptions, and any other medical needs.
Make sure to also obtain your pathology reports following any biopsies or removal of tumors to determine if any of your masses or tumors contained talc or asbestos particles. If your tumor or masses contained any talc or asbestos particles, you may have a case against a talcum manufacturer.
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Consider Hiring an Ovarian Cancer Medical Specialist
Consider hiring an ovarian cancer medical specialist to review your tissue samples. In many cases, doctors attempting to treat a patient are not concerned with how a patient developed cancer, and therefore will not look or request that the analysis of your masses or tumors include an investigation regarding any findings of talc or asbestos. An ovarian cancer medial specialist can review your tissue samples directly and help you make a connection to determine if there is a relationship between your use of talcum powder and your ovarian cancer.
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Retain Documents That Prove Your Talcum Powder Use
If you believe that your development of ovarian, cervical, or peritoneal cancer was the direct result of your talcum powder use over the years as a feminine hygiene product, consider looking to find any evidence or documentation of your use of this product. Old receipts, for example, can help your case with a documented history of talcum powder use.
Learn How Our Talcum Powder Lawyers Can Help You
Learn how our talcum powder lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and if you have the qualifications to file a lawsuit against a talcum powder manufacturer and build a strong case. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 217-6099 or online today to help you understand all of your legal options.