Talcum Powder Lawsuits in Louisiana
Talc — widely used in baby powder, facial powders, and more — has been linked to ovarian cancer in over 20 scientific studies dating back to 1971. In addition, a study conducted in 2003 found that women who used talcum powder were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
Since 1971, Johnson & Johnson may have known about the potential risks of its products containing talc. However, Johnson & Johnson continued to sell its popular talc-based powders and failed to warn consumers about the risks associated with their products containing talc. In the past several decades, as Johnson & Johnson’s actions have come to light, thousands of women, who previously suffered in silence, are now able to file lawsuits against them.
Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys is representing people in Louisiana who trusted Johnson & Johnson and believed for decades that use of these products was safe. If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with cancer that may be related to the use of talc-based products, it is essential that you contact an attorney to get the compensation you deserve.
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Talc Products & Uses
Talc is the softest mineral known to man, and it is ideal for reducing friction and absorbing moisture. As a result, it has been the main ingredient of baby powder and many other cosmetic products for many decades. A couple of the most popular products that contain talc powder are Johnson & Johnson’s and Gold Bond’s body/baby powders.
What are the Side-Effects?
Talcum powder has been linked to a significant increase in the risk of ovarian cancer in women. When used for feminine hygiene, the substance can travel to the ovaries and cause inflammation. In 1971, British researchers observed talc particles embedded in 10 of 13 ovarian tumors that they removed. By 1982, a statistical link between the use of talcum powder for genital hygiene and ovarian cancer was officially established.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer can manifest in a number of ways, and the American Cancer Society states that women should be aware of the following persistent symptoms:
While ovarian cancer has been identified as the chief disease resulting from the use of talcum powder, its use has also been linked to other forms of cancer. Since some talc products formerly contained asbestos as well, consumers were at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, if the product was inhaled. Furthermore, cases of endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus) were also linked to talcum powder use for female hygiene purposes.
When to Consider an Attorney
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer from exposure to talc products, contact Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys. Our attorneys in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport, Ascension, Livingston, Zachary, Hammond, Lake Charles, and Monroe want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our experience, paired with our aggressive legal strategies, can help you and your loved ones fight large corporations to hold them accountable. Contact one of our attorneys today for a free, confidential consultation at 225.888.8888.