Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
Talcum powder is a common ingredient in a wide range of foods, personal care products and other household items. Yet this common product may not be as safe as it seems.
Over the past 40 years, several studies have linked talcum powder use to an increased risk of ovarian cancer – a devastating disease. Although ovarian cancer makes up just 1.3 percent of all cancer cases, they account for 2.4 percent of all deaths caused by cancer, according to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
If you or someone you love has suffered ovarian cancer and you suspect talcum powder use may be to blame, don’t hesitate to talk to an experienced attorney about your legal rights and options.
Contact the experienced attorneys of The Abelson Law Firm today for a free claim analysis and confidential consultation. We will help you determine your best course of action.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is made from a mineral called talc. In powder form, it appears in a wide variety of personal care products, including baby powder, body powders and makeup. Talc may also be used to package certain food products, such as rice or chewing gum, in order to absorb moisture.
Talc typically contains elements like magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. Although some talc deposits also contain asbestos, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that talc used in personal care products be asbestos-free.
Linking Talcum Powder to Ovarian Cancer
Beginning in the 1960s, some scientific studies suggested a link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer, according to the FDA. According to a review of talc and ovarian cancer studies published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, the inconsistent quality of studies conducted in the 1980s and 1990s made it difficult to pinpoint a link between talc use and ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, research in this area continues.
The patients at the highest risk for developing ovarian cancer due to talcum powder exposure are most likely those who already face a slightly higher than normal ovarian cancer risk, according to the American Cancer Society. Certain factors can increase a person’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. For instance, women over 50 are more likely to develop ovarian cancer than younger women. Those with a relative who had ovarian cancer are three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer, and the risk increases further if multiple family members have had the disease.
Understanding the Right to Compensation for Illness Caused by Talcum Powder
If you or a family member have had ovarian cancer, chances are that your doctors focused on fighting the disease, rather than determining what caused it. Nevertheless, the medical records, tissue samples and pathology reports that doctors used to track the illness and treat it could also provide valuable clues to help you track down the cause of the disease.
In many cases, medical records can be examined to determine whether traces of talc or talc fibers were found in ovarian tissue, the fallopian tubes or in the pelvic lymph nodes. Because talc fibers may stay in these areas for many years, it is possible in some cases to find evidence through medical testing even after cancer has developed.
A person injured by talcum powder may bring a claim to court, as may that person’s family members. Typically, these cases are filed against manufacturers of products that contain talcum powder. They are governed by product liability laws, which are intended to hold manufacturers responsible when their products cause serious harm or when they negligently fail to warn users about hidden risks.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
At The Abelson Law Firm, our attorneys know how devastating ovarian cancer can be to both patients and their families – attorney Michael A. Abelson lost his wife to ovarian cancer.
We focus on your legal needs so you can focus on your medical needs. To learn more, contact us online for a free and confidential consultation.
- Ovarian Cancer National Alliance – Statistics
- FDA – Talc
- European Journal of Cancer Prevention – Perineal talc use and ovarian cancer: a critical review
- American Cancer Society – Talcum Powder and Cancer