Ovarian Cancer Caused by Talcum Powder FAQ

Ovarian Cancer Caused by Talcum Powder FAQ

For decades, women throughout the United States have used talcum powder to treat a variety of medical and other conditions. Sadly, many women who have used talcum powder products regularly have developed cervical or ovarian cancers. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancer, the diagnosis could be linked to the use of talc. Researchers have discovered that talc is linked to aggressive tumor growth when it enters the body.

The experienced personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC can help affected persons determine whether one's cancer is linked to the use of talc, and whether a person may have a claim to pursue against a talc manufacturer. An affected person should contact our Charlotte personal injury law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding cervical and ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder exposure, and related legal actions.

1. What Injuries and Side Effects are Caused by Talcum Powder?

The use of talcum powder has been linked to a serious side effect in women and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Gynecological studies have shown that women who regularly use talcum powder around their groin area have a twenty-to-thirty percent (20% to 30%) higher risk of developing ovarian cancer over time. Ovarian cancer a deadly form of cancer and is the fifth-most deadly cancer among women.

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2. How Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

Talcum powder's principal ingredient is talc, a soft mineral made of oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. Many skincare-product companies use talc because it helps keep skin dry and smooth. For decades, product manufacturers have produced talc products for women to use in their genital area and to assist with rashes upon their bodies. Talcum powder is considered a cosmetic product, so it does not fall under the ambit of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulatory authority. Warnings about talcum powder were not required as strictly as they would have been for, example, medications.

When women use talcum powder on their genitals-the precise use companies have marketed to women for decades-particles of talc can enter their bodies and travel up to their ovaries, causing significant inflammation and leading to the development of cancer.

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3. Did Johnson & Johnson Fail to Warn Customers of the Dangers of Talc?

Claimants in many of the lawsuits that have arisen regarding talcum powder claim that Johnson & Johnson, a leading manufacturer of Shower to Shower and Baby Powder products, failed to warn customers of talcum powder dangers. In the 1970s, some researchers began finding talcum powder located within ovarian tumors. Studies starting in 1982 showed the same result.

Researchers at Johnson & Johnson were aware of a 1982 study that showed a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Nonetheless, Johnson & Johnson did not warn customers about the dangers of using talcum powder. As a result, thousands of customers were diagnosed with ovarian cancer due to Johnson & Johnson's unwillingness to act on the data.

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4. Do I Have a Claim to Sue for Damages?

Every case is unique, and the best thing you can do if you think you have a case is to speak with an experienced product liability attorney. Whether you have a case worth pursuing will depend on your history of talcum powder use and how strongly you can link your history of use to your ovarian cancer. Many personal injury plaintiffs are able to obtain compensation for their ovarian cancer diagnosis, including medical expenses and lost time at work. Successful plaintiffs can also recover damages for pain and suffering caused by their symptoms and treatment. If a loved one passed away due to ovarian cancer, family members may be able to recover compensation for funeral expenses, the loss of society and companionship provided by the loved one, and other damages.

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5. What are the Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is one of the most dangerous types of cancer because it often goes undetected until it has reached an advanced stage. As the cancer progresses, the signs become more noticeable, including the following:

  • Loss of appetite;
  • Frequent urination;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Swelling of the abdomen, pelvis, or other adjacent areas;
  • Constipation;
  • Rapid or significant weight loss;
  • Pelvic pain.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is critical that you see a doctor right away. A medical professional will be able to undertake diagnostic testing that can confirm whether or not you have ovarian cancer.

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Contact an Experienced Lawyer as Soon as Possible

It is also critical that an affected person speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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