What to Do if You Contracted Ovarian Cancer after Using Talcum Powder
Every woman has a different way of dealing with irritating issues related to femininity. Women are always eager to look for alternatives to antiperspirants and deodorants that will alleviate pesky problems like sweating and bad smells. However, these products aren’t always safe.
According to a recent study from Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada, the inhalation of talcum powder products can actually cause ovarian cancer in women. If you, a loved one, or a friend has suffered from ovarian cancer as a direct result of using talcum powder, you will likely be burdened with countless medical bills and insurance disputes. There are ways to hold those responsible for your pain responsible and our lawyers experienced in talcum powder lawsuits can guide you through every step of this difficult process.
Facts About Talcum Powder
Before we continue, let’s take a closer look at the culprit behind this disease.
Mined from the earth, talc is a naturally-occurring mineral made up of a variety of compounds including magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. On the chemical table, this mineral is listed as a hydrous magnesium sulfate under the formula Mg3Si4O10(OH)2.
Throughout the years, talc has been used as an ingredient in a multitude of products including cosmetics, food, chewing gum, and tablets. Obviously, this powder can also be used to absorb unwanted moisture and to add opaqueness to cosmetic powder. So, you can see why manufacturers and customers are attracted to this mineral.
The Food and Drug Administration has been concerned about talcum powder being contaminated by asbestos, another silicate mineral that has been linked to a variety of major health dangers including ovarian cancer. Also, unlike talc, asbestos has been labeled as a carcinogenic substance (hence the connection to cancerous growths).
According to studies from as far back as the 1960s to as recent as 2016, women prone to using genital talc which is placed on the external reproductive organs are putting themselves at a higher risk for developing epithelial ovarian cancer. Scientific evidence strongly points to estrogen (and possibly prolactin) as catalysts that are triggered by the presence of the talc.
Status of Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Back in 2014, plaintiffs filed two class-action lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson under the claim that the company’s talcum powder was directly linked to cases of ovarian cancer. Overall, these two suits came on the heels of another suit in South Dakota, where Deane Berg won a legal claim. If you have sufficient evidence to prove that you or a loved one suffered from ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder, you may have the opportunity to pursue a high-level case.
Your Delaware Legal Solution
Our attorneys at Edelstein, Martin, & Nelson are passionate about our practice and are knowledgeable in the laws, rules, and statutes surrounding an unfortunate health problem resulting from toxic talcum powder in the State of Delaware. We fight for the rights of every victim and the members of victims’ families and will help you receive justice for such tragic and unfortunate circumstances. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of using talcum powder, contact our office at 800-300-0909 to file a malpractice lawsuit today.