Overview of Talcum Powder
As consumers, we rely upon the safety of many common household goods to enhance the quality of our lives. Talcum powder is one such product that for years has been used to keep skin dry and prevent irritation, especially in young children. In fact, it contains unique properties that unlike other products, is best able to absorb moisture and reduce friction. However, what many people are unaware of is the fact that talcum powder is a dangerous carcinogen, and has been linked to ovarian cancer when used by women for genital hygiene. It has also been associated with causing lung cancer and pulmonary disease in those that regularly inhale the substance (i.e., daycare workers, talc miners, etc.).
At Porter & Malouf, P.A., we fight hard for those who have been injured due to talcum powder exposure. In fact, R. Allen Smith, Jr., an attorney in our Talc Litigation Group, filed the first successful talcum powder lawsuit in 2009 against several talcum powder mining companies, refiners, and manufacturers. Brought by plaintiff Deane Berg, the toxic tort action specifically alleged that the defendants continue to produce, market, and sell talcum powder despite their knowledge that it can cause certain cancers, including ovarian cancer. In 2013, a federal jury ruled in favor of Ms. Berg as a result of her injuries, giving hope to the thousands of women who have developed ovarian cancer after years of using this dangerous substance.
If you have been harmed as a result of using talcum powder, call Porter& Malouf, P.A. today at (601) 957-1173 to learn more about how we can fight for the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys work with the foremost experts on the subject of talc, many of whom have published their findings regarding the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder use. When you meet with us during your free and completely confidential initial consultation, we will review the facts of your case, evaluate your legal options, and assist you in determining whether filing a lawsuit is right for you. There is no fee for our legal services, as we only get paid if you win. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talc, also known as magnesium silicate, is an inorganic material made up of finely ground particles of stone. In its natural form talc may contain asbestos; however, since the early 1970s, all home-use talcum powder products in the U.S. have been asbestos free.
There are several different products that contain talcum powder however, the most popular ones are as follows:
- Johnson & Johnson's(R) Baby Powder
- Shower to Shower(R) Absorbent Body Powder
- Additional products such as make up, facial powder, tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, and diaphragms may contain talc
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
When applied to the genital and perineal area, talcum powder particles can travel up the vagina, through the uterus, and into the fallopian tubes, ultimately migrating into the ovaries. Exposure to talc over an extended period of time can result in the development of ovarian cancer, a rare yet deadly form of cancer. As many as 10,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year as result of using talcum powder, which represent over 40% of all newly diagnosed cases in the U.S. In fact, a recent study (discussed below) suggests that women who use talcum powder in the genital and perineal areas have a 36% to 41% greater chance of developing ovarian cancer. In light of this alarming statistic, we recommend that women stop using talcum powder immediately.
How do I know if I've been injured?
Ovarian cancer may not manifest symptoms until the disease has significantly progressed and spread to other areas of the body. As a result, if you use talcum powder and have experienced any of the symptoms listed below, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Even if you have not had any symptoms, use of talcum powder greatly increases your risk of developing ovarian cancer, so it is highly recommended that you receive regular gynecological screenings to catch the disease early. According to the American Cancer Society, only 19% of women receive an early ovarian cancer diagnosis, which could increase if women seek regular gynecological care.
The primary symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Inexplicable bloating
- Pelvic and/or abdominal pain
- Trouble eating or feeling of fullness
- Abnormal vaginal discharge and/or bleeding
Early Talcum Powder ovarian cancer warnings
In 1971, a report indicated that there are certain dangers associated with using talcum powder however; its findings were heavily contested by Dr. G.Y. Hildick-Smith, Johnson & Johnson's former medical director. Subsequently, a publication was released in the journal Lancet, indicating that the harmful effects of talc “should not be ignored.” This warning was confirmed in a 1992 report published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, which found that women who frequently use talc in the genital region greatly increases her chances of developing ovarian cancer.
Since 1992, more than a dozen publications have documented the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. One of the most significant studies was published in 2003 in the journal Anticancer Research. In this study, researchers evaluated 16 prior talcum powder studies involving nearly 12,000 women, which established that there is a 33% greater chance of developing ovarian cancer after frequent talcum powder use.
Despite the above evidence demonstrating a link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer, the substance remains unregulated in the United States. As a result, millions of people are being unknowingly exposed to it, putting them at a greater risk of developing cancer and other serious complications.
Recent Talcum Powder study indicates serious health risks
According to a recent study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, women who use talcum powder in their genital and perineal regions on a daily basis are 1.4 times more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Researchers analyzed more than 3,000 women during the study (1,385 of them had ovarian cancer while the remaining 1,802 had never contracted the disease), which further established that they have about a 40% greater chance of receiving an ovarian cancer diagnoses after regular and frequent usage of talc-containing products. Although earlier studies established that talc can cause ovarian cancer, this one suggests that the risks of contracting ovarian cancer are higher than what was previously thought.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
For more than 30 years, talcum powder has been associated with ovarian and other types of cancers, yet as noted above, the substance remains unregulated in the U.S. At Porter & Malouf, P.A., we want to help you fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you believe you developed ovarian cancer as a result of talcum powder exposure, it is crucial that you seek legal representation immediately. Our highly qualified team of talc litigation lawyers have the experience, skills, and legal background necessary to hold those accountable for causing you harm. When representing clients, we work with the leading talc experts in order to help you maximize your chances of receiving monetary damages. Specifically, filing a lawsuit enables you to seek compensation for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and all losses you have suffered as a result of an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Don't wait, call us today to learn more about how we can make a difference in your case.
Call Porter & Malouf, P.A. today to schedule your free consultation
If you used talc powder and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to significant compensation. To find out more about your case, you need to speak with the Talcum Powder Litigation Attorneys of Porter & Malouf, P.A., located in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2002, Porter & Malouf, P.A. was ranked the 14th winningest law firm in the United States by the National Law Journal, and received a rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell. If you would like to speak with one of our highly experienced talc litigation lawyers, contact us online, or call our office today at (601) 957-1173 to schedule your free consultation.