Talc Use Raises Ovarian Cancer Risk
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Apr 22, 2016 in Product Injury
Approximately 20,000 American women receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer each year. New research suggests that the use of a common hygiene product is raising the risk of receiving this diagnosis; women who regularly use genital talcum powder are at a 33 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer than women who do not use such products.
A recent study published in Epidemiology found that women who regularly used talc products were at a greater risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The study surveyed 2,041 ovarian cancer patients and 2,100 women who did not have ovarian cancer regarding their use of talc products; those who reported applying talc products to their genital regions, underwear, tampons, and sanitary products were at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Commonly used as a drying agent, talc can enter the genital tract when applied to these areas through repeated use. Despite the cancer link associated with talc products, women are not being told of the potential danger. The Center for Disease Control does not consider talc use a risk factor associated with ovarian cancer. The World Health Organization lists genital talc usage as “possibly carcinogenic.”
Johnson and Johnson to Pay Damages for Talc-Related Cancer Death
In February 2016, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay damages of $72 million to the family of a woman who died last year from ovarian cancer. The woman used Johnson and Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Baby Powder talc products for over 35 years. Johnson and Johnson maintains that their cosmetic talc products are safe.
Are you a user of talc products who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer? If talc products contributed to your diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation which can cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other costs associated with your medical condition. The talcum powder lawsuit attorneys at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak can help you determine your legal options.