Virginia Beach Talcum Powder Lawyer
Women who claim baby powder use caused ovarian cancer have filed thousands of lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson. Talc is also linked to mesothelioma, an asbestos-linked cancer. In 2018, a jury awarded 22 women who claimed talc caused ovarian cancer $4.69 billion. A $117 million verdict was reached in New Jersey over the alleged link between talc and mesothelioma. Our Virginia Beach talcum powder lawyers have been contacted by victims in these cases. We fight for the rights of those who have been harmed by big pharma and its practices of putting profit above safety. If you believe your cancer was caused by talc, please call our product liability lawyers as soon as possible.
Women and Talcum Powder
Talcum powder was used for decades before a possible link with ovarian cancer was made. Women applied talcum powders to their private parts or sprinkled it on undergarments. However, as long ago as the 1970s, warnings about the dangers of asbestos contaminating talc products during mining were issued. In recent years, studies have suggested a link between talc and cancer. The big pharmaceutical companies have failed to act on the warnings. Some lawsuits claimed they sought to suppress evidence about the dangers of products like J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc.
The Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
The American Cancer Society has noted the potential link between talcum powder and cancer of the ovaries when powder particles travel through the vagina and reach the ovaries.
Many studies have been conducted into a possible link, but the results have been variable. While some studies have alluded to a slight increase in risk others reported no significant link.
The Cancer Society says if there is an increased risk of ovarian cancer from using talc products, it’s likely to be small. However, as talc is used in many products, it urges caution. Research into the potential dangers is ongoing.
Some patient advocates have been bolder in talking about a perceived link. Samuel Epstein, a former chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and leading critic of products linked to cancer, wrote in 2010 that ovarian cancer deaths of African American women who used talc as a feminine hygiene product increased by 47 percent at the age of 65 or over. Caucasian women saw a 13 percent rise in ovarian cancer.
How Serious and Prevalent is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is relatively rare. The National Cancer Institute says it accounts for just 1.3 percent or so of new cases of cancer in the United States. The alarming news for women who contract it is it’s often a death sentence. It’s the fifth leading cause of mortality among women diagnosed with cancer. Less than 50 percent of women with the disease are alive five years after the original diagnosis.
Every year, about 250,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and there are 140,000 deaths a year from the disease.
Early Signs of Ovarian Cancer
The early symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague, and it’s easy to dismiss them and think you will be fine. However, early diagnosis dramatically increases survival rates.
Here are some early symptoms of ovarian cancer that may warrant contact with a Virginia Beach talcum powder attorney:
- Difficulty in urinating
- Bloating, pain and pressure on the abdomen
- Feeling unnaturally full after eating
- Difficulty digesting food
- Urinating more often than normal
Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson Over Ovarian Cancer and Talc
Before the $4.69 billion verdict in 2018, Johnson & Johnson was successful in overturning two big verdicts. Judges in two separate cases ruled in favor of the pharma giant, overturning big financial judgments awarded to plaintiffs who claimed Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder products caused their ovarian cancer. One award was to a woman from California for $417 million, and another was to an Alabama woman for $72 million. Jackie Fox died from ovarian cancer. Her family claimed her use of Baby Powder caused her death.
The victims of this terrible disease were heartened by the $4.69 billion verdict, although Johnson & Johnson has vowed to appeal it. As many as 6,000 lawsuits are pending against the pharma giant over its talc products.
In April 2018, J&J and a supplier, Imerys, were hit by a $117 million verdict in New Jersey over claims asbestos-laced talc caused mesothelioma. The mining company was judged to be 30 percent responsible. The verdict was appealed. After facing many of these claims, Johnson & Johnson has decided to discontinue all of its talc-based products in the US and Canada as of May 2020. The company is hoping that by removing these products from the store shelves they could limit the number of cancer lawsuits they receive each year.
Contact An Experienced Virginia Beach Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer
The drug companies continue to promote their products. They resist public pressure to warn users of the potentially devastating side effects in favor of making large amounts of money. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has dangerous drugs and products team that has helped many people who have been harmed by dangerous products, drugs, and medical devices.
Our Virginia Beach talcum powder injury lawyer will provide you with experienced representation and make sure your claim is properly handled in the mass tort litigation process. In mass tort cases, time can be of the essence. If you suspect baby powder was the cause of a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, it’s important that you hire an attorney to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers promptly.