Talc, or Talcum Powder, is a mineral mainly composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. The mineral is found as a rock, and used as a hygienic powder after being crushed, mined, refined, and dried. Asbestos, another element found closely with Talcum, is known for causing cancerous outcomes. Thousands of people, especially women, have used talcum-infused baby products and powders for centuries -- without knowing the risk of ovarian cancer it causes.
Talc, talcum powder is used in cosmetic and personal hygiene products including baby powders, adult powders, body powders, cosmetics, and other consumer products. The product prevents the skin from rashes, absorbs moisture, and even refreshes most materials. Though the product has been used for decades, the number of lawsuits has increased, not to mention the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. Apart from the increasing rate of cancer within women, the trusted company has known of the damage for over 30 years. Since then, the company has disputed thousands of ovarian cancer lawsuits caused by their powder and have to replace the harmful ingredients included in their popular powder. Instead of focusing on their loyal customer’s health, the major distributor focused on increasing their market shares.
Since then, roughly 2,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer per year and 1,500 are dying of the disease. Harmful talcum powder can be found in the following commonly used products:
The popular “Baby’s Company” recently settled $72 million in damages to a loyal Alabama woman who had been using the product for years. The result was $10 million in actual damages and $72 million in punitive damages. During the trial, Fox’s attorneys argued the company was completely aware of the potential risk that the use of such product causes. Shortly after Ms. Fox’s cancer diagnosis, she passed away. Fox’s son, Marvin Salter of Jacksonville, Fla., took over the claim after his mother’s death in 2015, two years after her cancer diagnosis. A pathologist later found that Fox’s ovaries were inflamed from talc, thus causing the cancer.
While many loyal customers have been using the products for years, Johnson & Johnson has yet to display any cancer warnings on their packaging or labels. Carol Goodrich, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, said the company stands by the talc used in all “global products” and they are “evaluating” their legal options. When using a product on one’s genitals, or a baby, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the powder, contact our firm immediately. Above all, your health is the most crucial element in this discussion. Consider discussing your options with your doctor if concerns arise.
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