Talcum powder is a common household staple and is present in multiple types of cosmetics, body and facial powders as well as other household goods. Talc is the primary mineral and it contains silicon, oxygen and magnesium. People use talcum powder to prevent skin rashes and chafing and/or for cosmetic purposes.
While there is no longer asbestos found in talc (this was banned in the 1970s), there may be a correlation between talcum powder and cancer, particularly ovarian cancer. Women who use talcum powder in the genital area may be at risk for developing this type of cancer. If you were harmed by using this product, speak with our lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates.
Talcum Powder and Cancer
Studies are somewhat inconclusive at this time, but multiple agencies are involved in determining the link between talcum powder and cancer. The World Health Organization’s Agency for Research on Cancer has noted that the use of talcum powder on perianal or genital areas is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” It classifies inhaled talc that does not contain asbestos as “not classifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans.”
An analysis of 16 studies that were published prior to 2003 found that women who use talc may be at a 30 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer compared to those who do not. The American Cancer Society notes that research will continue. It also notes that the lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is about 1.8 percent for women who use talcum powder, so it is still not very high. But for women already affected by ovarian cancer related to use of talcum powder, this is of no comfort.
At this time, some researchers are urging women to discontinue the use of any type of product or other products containing talc, but there has been no requirement for revised labeling.
Lawsuits Involving Talcum Powder
If you suffer from ovarian cancer and believe this drug may be a contributing factor to your illness, you may also have a viable case against the manufacturer. Identifying the liable parties is an important part of the claims process to help you recover damages.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J), a major manufacturer of this product may be liable for complications related to use of its products, including talc-containing products. Other manufacturers may be liable as well if their products cause serious complications like cancer and they failed to warn of the possible risk.
Product liability cases require proving a product is dangerous and has the potential to cause serious harm. It also requires proving that the product caused your injuries – such as ovarian cancer – and the resultant damages. This can be a complicated process and generally requires assistance from an attorney.
Contact talcum powder lawyers who are knowledgeable about defective product lawsuits to learn more about what your rights are and how you can obtain compensation.
- medical bills.
- lost wages.
- and/or, pain and suffering.
Your attorney can help you collect the proper documentation to prove liability as well as to prove the extent of your damages.
Call the Talcum Powder Lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C.
Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. can help you with your dangerous drug or product lawsuit. Our team is trained to work with individuals suffering because of the error of a pharmaceutical manufacturer or other product manufacturers. Call us today at (800) 550-0000 to set up a free consultation with our attorneys who can review your case.