Talcum powder has been used in feminine hygiene products for generations. Traditionally, these powders contained asbestos, which can cause cancer if inhaled. To minimize that risk, talcum powders have been asbestos-free since the 1970s. However, researchers have found a potential link between more modern talcum powders and ovarian cancer, putting millions of women at risk worldwide.
The American Cancer Society, combining data from 16 different studies, concluded that women who use feminine hygiene products containing talcum powder face a 30 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Feminine hygiene products that contain talc include:
- baby powder,
- body powders, such as Shower to Shower®,
- feminine washes,
- sanitary napkins,
- and vaginal deodorants.
Following the American Cancer Society’s findings, ovarian cancer patients began coming forward to bring lawsuits against the manufacturers, resulting in some landmark verdicts. In 2016, a jury awarded $72 million to the family of a 62-year-old woman who died from ovarian cancer after using talc-based products for more than 30 years. More recently, a $55 million dollar verdict was awarded in a similar case.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder, give us a call immediately. Our experienced Alabama defective products lawyers are currently taking talc-related cases and would like to speak with you. Call now for your free consultation.