The conclusion in recent landmark lawsuits has been that manufacturers didn’t properly warn those who were using talcum powder of the potential risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
The personal injury law firm of Stewart|Phelps|Wood Injury Lawyers, we’re seeking to compensate those who have had excessive exposure to talcum powder and went on to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma.
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Background Of Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Per the information that was revealed during the proceedings, manufacturers had plenty of foreknowledge over the past 40 years in regard to the link between ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and the use of talcum powder.
Manufacturers had the information and chose to hide it and continue manufacturing talcum powder in lieu of sharing this knowledge with the public. Many women didn’t know that they were introducing these damaging products into their vaginal areas or their lungs when they used talcum powder on sanitary napkins, condoms or on their skin. In fact, it was discovered that the application of talcum powder to the genitalia was especially dangerous yet they failed to warn consumers.
Many of the more popular brands include Valeant Pharmaceutical’s Shower to Shower, Baby Magic Baby Powder, and Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder brands.
What Is Talcum Powder?
Magnesium silicate, hydrated and refined, is a process that creates talcum powder. This white powder is frequently utilized to absorb moisture and it can also offer lubrication. The primary ingredient in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder is talcum powder, it’s also the primary ingredient in many other powders as noted above. Talcum powder products are used in a variety of adult products for hygiene.
Frequently, talcum powder is sprinkled in underwear, into shoes, after diaper changes and in other areas of the body. The skin stays drier, and there is no unpleasant smell to offend the olfactory senses. Powder-based products include diaphragms, medical powders used in medical gloves, condoms, and more. The powder works to remove offensive odors and to allow for a reduction in friction.
Users apply the products in a variety of ways including direct application to the skin or sprinkling it directly into diapers, underwear, and sanitary napkins.
Side Effects Of Talcum Powder Usage
There are two possible side effects of talcum powder use. The first of these is the potential for ovarian cancer. Absorbed into the body via the vaginal area, it can lead to ovarian cancer. If it is inhaled into the lungs, it can lead to mesothelioma.
Per one study found in the International Journal Gynecological Cancer, regularly using talcum powder on female genitals can lead to an increase of 30 to 60 percent in cancer. In short, there is a strong link to how frequently a woman uses talcum powder and how likely she will be to develop ovarian cancer in her life.
While the details aren’t completely clear on how talcum powder can lead to a higher risk of developing cancer, the theory is that there are particulates of the fine powder that can enter into the ovaries and into the fallopian tubes. This, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation. There is also the possibility that the talcum powder may also inhibit the required antibodies to stop the cancer cells from growing.
Per researchers like Professor Karin Rosenblatt, and research by Obstetrician Daniel Cramer, as much a 30% of women using talcum powder are at a higher risk of ovarian cancer.
Mesothelioma, which is a major respiratory condition, has also be linked to that of using talcum powder. With regular use, the dust from the talcum powder can be inhaled into the lungs. Talcum powder particulates aren’t safe to breathe in and contain carcinogens including asbestos.
Lawsuit Settlements For Talcum Powder
In March of 2019, Teresa Leavitt was awarded a settlement of $29 million in a California court. She had been diagnosed with mesothelioma that was believed to be due to the use of Johnson & Johnson powder.
Just a year earlier, in July of 2018, a settlement of $4.6 billion was levied against Johnson & Johnson by 22 women. They won their case as well. They sued the manufacturer due to their development of ovarian cancer after using the same product of Johnson & Johnson powder products that also contained asbestos fiber.
Joanne Anderson used talcum powder on her hands while she bowled and on her children, later, she developed mesothelioma and received a settlement of $25 million in a lawsuit in May 2018.
In the 50s, Eva Echeverria used baby powder daily through the year 2016. She developed stage 4 ovarian cancer and was on her deathbed. She received a settlement of $417 million in August 2017. This included $68 million in compensation as well as the $340 million in damages for her settlement.
A woman in St. Louis, Louis Slemp, had ovarian cancer and it spread to her liver. She won $110 million. Louis had used talcum powder for over 40 years.
In California, Deborah Giannecchini used talcum powder for the past 40 years. In the middle of radiation and chemotherapy treatment, in November of 2016, she too was awarded $70 million. $65 million of that was for punitive damages.
Gloria Ristesund was awarded $55 million in May of 2-16. She had used Johnson & Johnson baby powder for years.
The list of lawsuits continues. To date, over 12,000 lawsuits are still pending against a variety of talcum powder manufacturers. Each lawsuit has been brought forth by plaintiffs stating they too have cancer that is related to the use of such products. These particular lawsuits are in the District of New Jersey with Jude Freda Wolfson.
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