Talcum powder is a common hygiene product used often by men, women, and children. However, unbeknownst to the average consumer, talcum powder is a known carcinogen and has been proven to be a cause of ovarian cancer in women. Despite the talcum powder industry aware of this effect, they have continued to market the product, specifically toward women and mothers.
In a Harvard University study, led by Dr. Margaret A. Gates and funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, researchers studied the data from two previous studies — the New England Case Control Study and the Nurse’s Health Study. They wanted to discover a link between daily talcum powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer.
The findings of the study showed that there was a 36-41 percent increase in the risk of ovarian cancer in women who use talcum powder near their genitals. The study also found that women’s genes can also have an effect on whether or not talcum powder increases their risk of cancer. Women with the GSTM1 gene, but not the GSTT1 gene, are three times as likely to develop tumors. Women who only lacked the GSTT1 gene also had a higher risk.
Other previous tests have shown that cancer cells, when exposed to talcum, tend to multiply and spread faster than normal. It is also worth mentioning that a study completed in 1996 examined ovaries that were removed from women for reasons other than ovarian cancer. What they found was that there was evidence of talcum powder in every single ovary studied.
Attorney Allen Smith, Jr. was the first to file a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit in 2009, and just last year a federal jury in Sioux Falls, S.D. found that there was link between the woman’s use of talcum powder and her ovarian cancer. The lawsuit is a toxic tort against talcum mining companies, refineries, manufactures and product distributors. The product used in this lawsuit and who the suit was against was Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. Other products affected are Shower to Shower Absorbent Body Powder and any other talcum powder products
Many women have always incorporated talcum powder into their daily lives. As we now know, this type of frequent use can put women at a higher risk for ovarian cancer. The talcum powder industry, companies like Johnson & Johnson, knew about the risks and refused to put a warning on their product.
If you or a loved one have developed ovarian cancer and have used talcum powder frequently throughout your day to day life, contact Dolman Law Group. Our personal injury attorneys are on the front line of talcum powder litigation. We work with the best doctors in the field, and can make sure you are properly evaluated. If the situation proves necessary, we have the resources and attorneys that will take your case to trial and get results. We do not collect payment unless we make a recover on your behalf.
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