Talcum Powder is often used as a feminine hygiene product to stay cool and prevent vaginal odors. In mid-2014, 65 women filed a class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for allegedly knowing that talcum powder contained toxic properties and publicized misleading information about the safety of their products, specifically Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
Prior to this class action suit, a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer won her negligence claim against Johnson and Johnson for their inability to warn consumers that the baby powder could subject women to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. In essence, Johnson and Johnson lacked appropriate consumer warning about the possible dangers of talcum powder.
Talcum powder is the result of the mineral talc being grounded into a fine dust. Talc is composed of magnesium, silicon and oxygen and can be commonly found in body and facial powder products that are often used for feminine hygiene to absorb moisture and reduce friction and prevent rashes. Although there are a variety of ways the powder can be used, it is when the talc particles enter into a woman’s reproductive system that creates the biggest risk to overall health and increase cancer development. Talc is also resistant to heat, electricity and acids, and can be used during the glazing phase in the ceramic industry.
Since the 1970s, studies have shown that there may be a link between the talc-based powder and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talc, that contain traces of asbestos, has been classified as a “carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a subsidiary of the World Health Organization (WHO). The IARC has also concluded that the use of talcum powder in or near the genitals is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
Research and litigation continue regarding the likely impact that talcum powder has on a woman’s reproductive system. Compensation may be available for you, or someone you know, that has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used talcum powder over an extended period of time. To determine compensation for injuries, a licensed attorney should be contacted for a case evaluation.
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