Talcum powder is a common household product used by thousands of women across Canada for feminine hygiene purposes. Numerous scientific studies have shown for years that long-term use of talcum powder on the genital region is linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
The health of thousands of women may be jeopardized because companies distributing products with talcum powder choose not to add warning labels alerting women of the potential health risks. This Failure to Warn consumers and corporate greed put profits above the safety of consumers.
Here are some facts about the known links between long-term use of talcum powder on the genital area and ovarian cancer:
- By 1971, scientists observed talc particles on cancerous ovarian tissue.
- In 1982, the first case-control study linking long-term use of talcum powder to ovarian cancer was published.
- 20 studies published since 1982 have found a link between long-term talc use and ovarian cancer.
- Studies have shown that the use of these products increases ovarian cancer risk by as much as 33%.
Despite the mounting evidence that long-term use of talcum powder on the genital area may increase a women’s risk of ovarian cancer, companies distributing products with talc still choose not to add warning labels. Now, thousands of women are coming forward to seek damages against these companies.
The result of two major cases in the United States have ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a total of $127 million in damages related to the link between use of their talcum powder products and ovarian cancer.
- Feb, 2016: A jury in St. Louis, Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the estate of a women who died of ovarian cancer caused by regular talc use.
- May, 2016: A second jury in St. Louis also awarded $55 million in damages to a South Dakota woman that was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products on her genital area.
If you or a loved one used talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, call Cariati Law at 905-629-8040 for a FREE, confidential consultation about your possible case.
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