Baby powder is marketed for the use by adult women as a feminine hygiene product. Some products contain talcum powder, a mineral that is used to absorb moisture and reduce friction. It has also been marketed for the treatment and prevention of diaper rash.
Talcum powder is harmful if inhaled because it dries out mucous membranes in the lungs, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using baby powder. They cited dozens of cases in which babies inhaled talcum, including some babies who developed pneumonia and died.
In 2013, a victim of ovarian cancer sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the company’s talc-based product Shower-to-Shower caused her ovarian cancer. Multiple doctors provided evidence that the product caused the woman’s ovarian cancer. Even though this federal case was won by the plaintiff, the FDA still has not issued a warning to the public.
A jury in St. Louis awarded $55 million in damages to a plaintiff, who used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for more than 35 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.
Ovarian Cancer Information
Ovarian cancer is one of the rarest cancers, but it is also one of the deadliest. About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States every year, and it causes 14,000 deaths. The problem is that symptoms are usually mild, which often delays diagnosis and treatment until the cancer has already spread to the pelvis or abdomen.
Possible Symptoms include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Frequent bloating
- Pain in the belly or pelvis
- Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling
- Changes in bowel or bladder habits (constipation, frequent urination, etc.)
- Persistent fatigue
- Low back pain
- Loss of appetite or feeling full
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used talcum powder, then you may be eligible to file a claim against talcum powder manufacturers. Houssiere Durant Houssiere, LLP is currently investigating claims that talcum powder has caused ovarian cancer for many women. Fill our contact form to see if you are eligible for a potential talcum powder lawsuit.
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