New $70 Million Award Involving Talc and Ovarian Cancer

Three enormous verdicts in 2016 with regard to talcum powder causing ovarian cancer have resulted in multimillion-dollar awards, and they were all against the maker of the baby powder, Johnson & Johnson. The most recent award of $70 million, handed down in October, 2016, involved a St. Louis jury and a California woman, Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, who received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2012 and who had used the company’s talcum powder.

The California woman’s case, like the previous $72 million and the $55 million suits, alleged that using talcum powder made by Johnson & Johnson caused her cancer. Her claim was that Johnson & Johnson displayed “negligent conduct” in the making and marketing of its powder. That claim is backed up by a number of studies demonstrating that talcum powder in the female genital and perineal areas increases the risk of ovarian cancer.

What is Talc?

A mineral, talc is mined around the world from various deposits. Its softness makes it easy to crush into a fine powder. Talcum powder, sometimes marketed as body powder or baby powder, is used by many because it absorbs moisture and cuts down on friction, keeping skin dry and free of rashes. Because of its drying properties, popular body locations for using the powder are the genital and perineal areas.

Talc is widely used in a number of products, including various cosmetics. It is generally not considered a health risk except for usage in the genital or perineal areas.

Does Talc Really Cause Cancer?

A number of studies going back to the ’70s have implicated the use of talcum powder as one causative agent for ovarian cancer, with a more definitive link established in 1982. The most recent study, authored by researchers at the University of Virginia in May, 2016, discovered that using talcum powder in the female genital/perineal area may increase, by up to 44 percent, a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Certain factors do contribute to the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Among those factors are the length of time talcum powder has been used, age, and obesity.

Why all the fuss? Ovarian cancer, while relatively rare, is deadly, mostly because it is difficult to detect until the later stages. The official five-year survival rate average is around 46 percent, but that rate varies greatly depending on when the cancer is detected. Once the cancer has spread beyond the ovaries and Fallopian tubes, the five-year survival rate is only 30 percent.

Going Forward

Talcum powder and ovarian cancer cases are ever-increasing. At this point, approximately 2,000 women have filed suits, and many more thousands of possible cases are being reviewed. If you are a regular user of talcum powder and have developed ovarian cancer, you might have a case. Please contact us at the Louthian Law Firm to discuss your situation with us in utmost confidence.

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Filing a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit is the only means for consumers to hold talcum powder producers responsible for the harm they have caused. Most states have talc powder lawsuit time limitations, but the majority of all persons having incurred ovarian cancer linked to talcum powder will fall within those time limits if they contact an attorney quickly. You may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and funeral expenses.

At the Louthian Law Firm, we will listen to your individual circumstances and analyze the merits of your case absolutely free of charge. We work on a contingency basis, and you will pay no fees until we recover compensation for your injuries. Call us at 1-803-454-1200 or use our convenient online contact form to get started. From the moment of our first contact, we’ll be listening hard and working harder to see that justice prevails.