With a rising trend in talcum powder lawsuit settlements, more women are exploring their legal options as new studies have been released regarding the link between Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and ovarian cancer.
In February, a jury in Missouri awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer, believed to be caused by her use of Baby Powder. Just a few months later, the pharmaceutical giant was ordered to pay $55 million to a woman who made the same claim.
According to the most recent quarterly report Johnson & Johnson submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 1,700 product liability lawsuits regarding baby powder have been filed through the second quarter of 2016, up from 1,400 in the first quarter. Another lawsuit was announced as recently as September 9, 2016.
With this spike in suits filed regarding products containing Talcum powder, the opportunity for lawsuit settlements is likely to follow. In 2013, a South Dakota woman turned down a $1.3 million dollar settlement from Johnson & Johnson as she was unwilling to sign a confidentiality clause.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified talc as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” However, a more recent study by a very persistent doctor may prove otherwise.
In 1982, Johnson & Johnson refuted the claims of a research study conducted by Harvard researcher Dr. Daniel Cramer. In the results, roughly 43 percent of the 215 women involved in the study, all of whom had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, claimed to have used talcum powder on their genitals or sanitary napkins. Johnson & Johnson labeled the results “inconclusive,” and both parties agreed that further testing was needed.
Dr. Cramer continued those tests, publishing the results of another study early in 2016. The research team asked 2,041 women who had already been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and another 2,100 women who had not about their use of talcum powder. The results found that women who admitted to applying talcum powder to their genitals and feminine hygiene products had a 33 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer.
According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, symptoms of ovarian cancer rarely manifest themselves in the early stages, often resulting in a late-stage diagnosis. When symptoms do appear, they can vary on a case-to-case basis and be indicative of or caused by other conditions.
- Changes in appetite
- Chronic fatigue, lack of energy
- Pressure in the pelvis or lower back
- Frequent urination, changes in bowel movements
- Bloating, nausea, and/or indigestion
If one or both of the ovaries develops a cyst as a result of the cancer, symptoms can include:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Pain shortly before or after beginning menstruation
- Pressure, pain, or swelling in and around the abdomen
- Pain in pelvis, dull ache in lower back and/or thighs
- Pain during intercourse
- Nausea and vomiting
If you or someone you know has developed ovarian cancer as a result of using talcum powder, file your free case review today. As the number of similar lawsuits continues to climb, so does the possibility that you could be eligible for a talcum powder lawsuit settlement.