Use of Talcum Powder in the Perineal Area Allegedly Associated with Ovarian Cancer
Since the beginning of this year, there have been numerous complaints that use of talc-based products in the perineal area increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson has received significant media attention due to the outcomes of two multi-million-dollar cases alleging that the company marketed, and is continuing to market, a dangerous product to unsuspecting women.
In the first case, the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for years was awarded $72 million in damages. In another case, a woman in remission was awarded $55 million from Johnson & Johnson when she developed ovarian cancer after using their talc-based powder for many years.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has categorized talc-based products in the perineum as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans when used for genital hygiene. Unfortunately, this is the very purpose these products were marketed to promote, despite the fact that over the past few decades there have been numerous studies suggesting that talc used near the genitals can increase a woman’s cancer risk.
Some of the other products in question include Johnson & Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower, Gold Bond Medicated Powder, and more. Aside from the two lawsuits that have gained exposure, there have been thousands more that have been brought forward against the manufacturers of talcum powder and other talc-based products.
Product Liability Attorneys Protecting Your Right to Compensation
If a product causes harm to a consumer, the consumer may have a right to take legal action against the manufacturer. As an injury victim, you can seek compensation for the damages you have sustained as a result of the defective product.
At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, our Baltimore defective product attorneys have experience representing consumers who have sustained serious injuries. We know that these types of situations are difficult, especially because the impact can be lifelong or life-threatening. We take pride in our ability to build a strong case on our clients’ behalves, working to reach the outcomes they desire.
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