Talcum Powder Causing Ovarian Cancer
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Talc is a mineral used by Johnson & Johnson in several products including Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. Talc is a mineral composed of magnesium and is the softest known mineral.
Research from as early as the 1990s indicated a link between talc and cancer. As a result, in 2006 Johnson & Johnson's talc suppliers added warning labels to its products. However, Johnson & Johnson did not follow suit. Despite knowing the risk of talc particles moving up the genitourinary tract, the company kept silent, unwilling to part with any profit.
Our New York dangerous drug attorneys are aggressively investigating claims of cancer associated with the use of Talc. Sherri Plotkin, one of our lead attorney's in this litigation, has years of experience in litigation and can help you navigate the litigation process.
If you are interested in pursuing a lawsuit against talcum powder manufacturers, call (888) 260-0473.
Talc is Associated with Ovarian Cancer
Pathology studies have found microscopic talc particles in ovarian tissue. Special microscopes isolate these crystals which are also associated with an inflammatory response. Talc users have been found to develop epithelial ovarian cancer with serous and mucinous borderline tumors, as well as invasive serous and endometrioid tumors. The risk appears to increase with more talc use and is also higher with African American users.
Asbestos in Talcum Powder: Mesothelioma Cases
The extensive discovery in that litigation has revealed the presence of asbestos from some of the talc producers, causing mesothelioma. There have been successful verdicts. Mesothelioma has occurred in people exposed to large amounts of airborne talc, like barbers. Concern is also being expressed for infants who were repeatedly exposed to talc and may have inhaled it. Another form of exposure is in powdery cosmetics.
Talc is Used on an Almost Daily Basis
Women who for years applied talc-based powders to their underwear, sanitary pads or private parts may be at an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Women may also have been exposed to powders through coated diaphragms or condoms. Since the powder is so fine, it can easily migrate into the body, inflaming tissue and over prolonged use causing tumors to develop. For this reason it is also not recommended to use talc-based powders on babies, lest they inhale the powder particles, which can cause respiratory issues.
Talc is used in various industries including:
- Paper making
- Paint and coatings
- Baby powder
Juries Award Multiple Multi-Million Plaintiff Verdicts Against Johnson & Johnson
Five trials resulted in massive monetary awards of $417 million, $110 million, $72 million, $70 million, and $55 million. These plaintiffs used J&J's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.
Plaintiffs have alleged that in order to increase sales, J&J failed to warn customers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. In one talc-based cancer case, cancerous tissue was removed from plaintiff's body and examined by doctors who found talc particles embedded in the cancerous tissue. The doctors determined that talcum powder was the cause of her cancer. Dr. Daniel Cramer of Harvard University, one of the testifying doctors in that case testified that talc-based powder could be a contributing factor in 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer annually.
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If you were injured by using a talc-based powder, contact Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP. We start working with clients immediately to generate proof they used a dangerous product and continue to investigate and follow health status throughout the litigation process. You can call one of our New York drug injury lawyers at (888) 260-0473.
Histologic subtypes of epithelial ovarian cancer more likely to be associated with talc include serous and mucinous borderline tumors and invasive serous and endometrioid tumors.