A recent study has linked the use of talcum powder with ovarian cancer. Women who use talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product around their genitals have a 33 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. The study interviewed 2,041 women with ovarian cancer and 2,100 women without ovarian cancer to ask about their use of talcum powder and products containing talcum powder. The results of the study revealed that women who routinely used talcum powder in their underwear, on feminine hygiene products, or applied directly to their genital areas had an increased risk of developing the deadly form of cancer. Talc is a mineral known for its moisture-absorbing properties. The study’s lead author, Dr. Daniel W. Cramer of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, has been unsuccessful in lobbying for warning labels on talcum powder and products containing talcum powder.

Lawsuits Regarding Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Just last month a Missouri state jury awarded a woman’s family $72 million in damages in a lawsuit related to talcum powder. The family filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after the woman died from ovarian cancer linked to talcum powder. The woman had used J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products for years. Neither product contained a warning on the label that the use of talcum powder could increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. The jurors awarded the family $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. This is the first verdict in a talcum powder lawsuit; however, more lawsuits are pending and expected to be filed. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 20,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States and it is estimated that 14,500 women die each year from the disease.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured by a Product?

If you believe you or a family member has been injured by a defective product, you should seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. As soon as possible, contact a Boca Raton product liability attorney. You only have a limited time to file a product liability claim under Florida’s statute of limitations. If you do not file your claim prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations, you will be unable to receive compensation for your injuries due to a defective product. Because the date your time begins can differ depending on the facts and circumstances of your injury, you should contact our office regardless of how long it has been since you suffered your injury. There are some limited exceptions to the general statute of limitations rule.

Contact an Experienced Boca Raton Defective Product Attorney

The defective product attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. have the experience and resources you need to protect your right to receive compensation for injuries sustained by a defective product. We want to help you hold the company and other parties responsible for their reckless, careless, and/or negligent acts that resulted in your injury. You deserve to be compensated for your physical pain, emotional stress, and financial damages. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.