Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon and oxygen. As a powder, it is used mainly to absorb moisture and cut down on friction, keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. That makes it useful for keeping skin dry and preventing rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder, adult body and facial powders, and other cosmetic products. While seemingly harmless, recent studies have uncovered frightening information regarding this commonly used product. Talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer, so it is important to speak to someone if you were using products with talcum powder, especially if ovarian cancer symptoms are present. A Phoenix talcum powder claims lawyer knows the risks you may have unknowingly put yourself in and has expertise in product liability claims.
A recent study by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital cited talcum powder use to ovarian cancer, namely in cases where powder has been applied to the genital region. Researchers from the study recruited 2,041 women with ovarian cancer and 2,100 without, and asked them about their talcum powder use. They found that applying talcum powder to genitals, underwear, or sanitary napkins increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer by a third.
Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with 20,000 women being diagnosed with the illness each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It accounts for 3 percent of all cancers in women.
This isn’t the first study to warn of the risks involved with talcum powder use. In 1971, a study was published pointing to the link, then again in 1992 and through a Harvard study in 2010. Despite these studies, talcum powder has remained on the market unregulated and without any warning from the manufacturer on the label.
Jacqueline Fox used Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 35 years. A year ago, Fox died from ovarian cancer at the age of 62. Last week, a St. Louis jury ruled that Johnson and Johnson pay Fox’s family $72 million in damages, attributing her cancer and death to the use of their products.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 1,000 talcum ovarian cancer lawsuits alleging its products have led to ovarian cancer.
Studies have found that effects of genital talc use vary by histologic subtype, menopausal status at diagnosis, weight and smoking. These observations suggest estrogen and/or prolactin may play a role via macrophage activity and inflammatory response to talc.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products (such as Johnson and Johnson products) on genital areas for feminine hygiene, contact the experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers at Knapp & Roberts in Arizona today for a free consultation.
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