Johnson’s & Johnson’s has been selling talcum powder for various household uses since the 1890s. Labeled as “Baby Powder” or “Body Powder,” the talc has been marketed for many different uses including for treating or preventing skin irritations and for feminine hygiene due to its ability to eliminate friction, keep skin cool, and absorb moisture.
Even the so-called Baby Powder has been used by adults religiously over the years. Johnson & Johnson has not only marketed its talcum powder products as safe for regular use but has furthermore advertised them as particularly mild and gentle. Upon hearing such claims, it is understandable that many individuals have trusted the products for themselves and for their young children.
However, in recent years, a connection has been made between the long-term use of talc products and serious disease in women, including ovarian cancer. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or related illnesses after using talcum powder, you should discuss your situation with an experienced Denver talcum powder cancer lawyer as soon as possible.
When women use talcum products for feminine hygiene, particles can travel through the reproductive organs into the ovaries. In the 1970s, medical scientists first began examining a possible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer since many ovarian tumors contained talc particles.
Despite the concerns in the medical community, Johnson & Johnson and similar companies have continued to sell these products and market them as safe for feminine hygiene purposes. These product labels contain no warning whatsoever regarding the possible risks of developing ovarian cancer from the powder.
Ovarian cancer is often fatal as it is difficult to detect in the early stages. Most women are not diagnosed until the disease has significantly progressed and the prognosis is often grim. This type of cancer is often treated by a combination of the following:
Such treatment can be painful and costly and is often not even effective in saving a patient’s life.
More than 1,000 women have so far filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson regarding its failure to warn about the possible risks of ovarian cancer regarding talcum powder products. In early 2016, one family was awarded $72 million in a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one to ovarian cancer.
Anyone who used talcum powder and has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
If you are a woman who has used talcum powder in the past and has developed ovarian cancer, you may have a legal claim. Some of the losses for which you could compensate include your medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain, suffering, and loss of quality of life.
The skilled attorneys of Zaner Harden Law are committed to providing effective legal representation to each client we represent are work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome in each case.
To schedule a consultation with an experienced Colorado talcum powder cancer lawyer, call our office today at (303) 416-6345.