By Desiree Housek, Staff Writer
Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and its Shower to Shower are two of the most popular products containing talcum powder, which has been linked to ovarian cancer. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after the use of talcum powder, here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the talcum powder litigation.
What is talcum powder used for?
Talcum powder is made from a mineral called talc, which contains element of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. It is primarily used to absorb moisture and cut down on friction of the skin, helping to prevent rashes and keep skin dry.
Why are there lawsuits involving talcum powder?
Plaintiffs in talcum powder lawsuits claim that the manufacturers of talc-based powders failed to warn users of increased risk of ovarian cancer when the product is used for personal hygiene. The allegations in the lawsuits are that manufacturers have known about the increased risk of ovarian cancer for over 40 years and neglected to inform women that it may cause cancer if used in a manner where the powder can travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries.
Who is at highest risk for developing ovarian cancer from talcum powder use?
Any woman who has been using talcum based baby powder on a weekly basis has a 33% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. This number increases to 41% for those who have been using talcum powder on a daily basis.
How do I know my ovarian cancer was caused by talcum powder?
The tissue samples and pathology reports that were used to originally diagnose the cancer can be examined now determine whether your ovarian tissues contain talc fibers. Talc fibers can be found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes and in the pelvic lymph nodes for years after entering the female reproductive system, taking years to disintegrate.
Has a recall been issued?
There is currently no recall on any talc-based powders linked to ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is regulated by the manufacturers of the product and not the Food and Drug Administration.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Each state has its own talcum powder cancer lawsuit statute of limitations. For those who have been recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, there is a high probability that you are still within those time limits.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after the use of talcum powder, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine your eligibility in filing a claim.