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Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Skilled personal injury team aggressively fights for victims injured by talcum powder

Talcum powder – found in many body powders, cosmetic products, and other consumer products – is making headlines due to a reported link between talc and cancer. A recent lawsuit that awarded nearly $4.7 billion against pharmaceutical and consumer products company Johnson & Johnson over its Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products has raised questions regarding talcum powder and its connection to ovarian cancer. Skilled personal injury attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLC have in-depth knowledge of these lawsuits and are handling cases against talcum powder manufacturers, helping those who developed cancer after using talcum powder products secure the compensation they deserve as a result of the company’s negligence.

Talc particles first linked to ovarian cancer in 1971

Scientists first reported a link between talc and ovarian cancer in 1971, when they discovered talc particles embedded in ovarian and cervical tumor tissue. Talcum powder is made from talc, which is a mineral made up of several ingredients including silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. As a powder, talc absorbs moisture and helps reduce friction, thereby keeping the skin dry and preventing skin rashes. Talc is widely used in cosmetic products, including baby powder, adult body powder, facial powders, and several other consumer products.

Research continues into health risks of talcum powder

According to the American Cancer Society, some talc in its natural form contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer — part of the World Health Organization — classifies talc that contains asbestos as “carcinogenic to humans” and classifies the perineal use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

At this time, the American Cancer Society reports that is unclear if consumer products containing talcum powder increase cancer risk. The Society notes that studies of personal use of talcum powder have had mixed results, although “there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk”.

Want to know more about the health risks of talcum powder and your rights?

Many consumers have questions regarding the health risks of talcum powder and their rights under the law when they have been injured due to an unsafe product. Let the personal injury team at Ged Lawyers, LLP in Boca Raton, Florida help. Our full-service law firm has been serving the Florida community since 1995 and is actively taking on talcum powder product manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, fighting on behalf of consumers for the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer that may have been caused by using a talcum powder product, give us a call. Contact a member of our team today to arrange a free case review to discuss your personal injury case. We can be reached at 561-995-1966 or contact us online.