Millions of people have used talcum powder as a regular part of their daily hygiene routines. Unfortunately, however, a link has been found between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson, which has manufactured talcum-powder-containing products for decades, allegedly knew that its products contained asbestos as far back as the late 1960s, according to the New York Times. In spite of its knowledge, the company did not warn consumers about the potential dangers of its talc products. As a result, many people have chosen to file a talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson based on the company’s wrongful actions. Are you planning to join them?
The Link Between Baby Powder and Cancer
In October 2019, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall of its baby powder in the U.S. after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered traces of asbestos in the company’s products. Before the recall, the company had continually denied that its products contained asbestos.
Talc is a mineral substance that is mined. It is frequently located in areas that also contain asbestos. Because of the proximity of the two substances, mined talc can be contaminated with asbestos. This mineral-like substance is a known carcinogen that can cause mesothelioma and other forms of cancer. Asbestos is a brittle substance that can easily break apart into fibers. When people inhale these fibers, they can lodge in the lung tissue and cause cancer to develop. Asbestos in talcum powder has also been linked to ovarian cancer in women who routinely used the product as a part of their normal hygiene routines.
Baby Powder Lawsuits
Thousands of women who have developed ovarian cancer after regularly using Johnson & Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower and Baby Powder products have filed defective product lawsuits against the company. If you have developed ovarian cancer after regularly using one of these products, you may have grounds to file a legal claim. The FDA has identified asbestos in the company’s products. When talcum powder that is contaminated with asbestos is used in the genital region, it might increase the risk of developing cancer.
People who use asbestos-contaminated talcum powder can also inhale it, allowing it to enter the lungs. This can increase the risk of developing mesothelioma. In the genital area, small particles can travel into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries and lodge into the tissues. Over time, tumors can develop around the particles and metastasize.
Some of the types of cancer that have been linked to talcum powder use include the following:
- Ovarian cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Fallopian tube cancer
The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook are currently accepting claims for evaluation from women who have developed cancer after long-term use of talcum powder.
How to File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook can help you file a lawsuit as long as you qualify. We can then handle all of the aspects of your legal claim from the start to the finish. To qualify for a legal claim, the following criteria must be met:
- Used Johnson & Johnson Shower-to-Shower or Baby Powder for at least four years in the genital region
- Must have been diagnosed with endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, or mesothelioma
- Must have used the company’s products regularly prior to menopause
- Must not have the BCRA-1 or BCRA-2 gene that predisposes you to ovarian cancer
Get Legal Help from Our Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products for years, you should contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook to request a consultation. We can analyze your claim and discuss the potential legal options available to you for pursuing compensation. Our consultations are free, and we work on a contingency basis. This means that you will not have to pay any costs or attorney fees upfront until and unless we recover compensation for you. To schedule a free consultation, please call 479-783-8000 (Fort Smith) or 918-912-2132 (Tulsa) or send us a message online.