Have You Suffered Health Issues After Using Talc Products?
The DC Law team is reviewing the cases of people who claim to have been injured after using talc products.
Talcum powder lawsuits claim that manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, failed to warn consumers about the possible health risks associated with talc products. Medical experts have linked the usage of asbestos-contaminated talc products to increased risk of developing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
The attorneys at DC Law intend to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable for allegedly concealing the link between talc and ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. If you or a loved one have suffered health problems due to talcum powder or other talc products, contact the lawyers at DC Law for representation immediately.
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What is Talc?
Talc is a mineral that is mined from underground deposits. Talc is the softest mineral on earth, which makes it useful for a variety of both consumer and industrial products, including:
- Baby powder
- And more
Talc Asbestos Contamination
Like talc, asbestos is also mined from underground deposits. In fact, veins of asbestos are often found alongside talc deposits. However, unlike asbestos, talc isn’t inherently carcinogenic. Talc’s close proximity to asbestos is what’s responsible for its cancer-causing qualities, as the two substances often get cross-contaminated when mined.
Talcum powder brands that have been found to have asbestos contamination in their products include:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Old Spice After Shave Talc
- Bauer & Black Baby Talc
- Faberge Brut Talc
- ZBT Baby Powder
- Rosemary Talc
- Desert Flower Dusting Powder
- Coty Airspun Face Powder
Uncovered documents show that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the asbestos contamination in their talc products since the early 1970s.
Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?
Talc and Ovarian Cancer
Since 1971, researchers have linked the use of talcum powder to the development of ovarian cancer. The study suggests that the use of talc products near the vagina enables the powder to travel to the ovaries. The powder then can become deeply embedded in the ovarian tissue, which can cause inflammation and the formation of cancerous cells.
Over 20 subsequent studies have come to similar conclusions, and both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have warned the public about the increased risk of developing ovarian cancer after using talc in the genital area.
If you’ve used talcum powder or other talc products, it’s imperative that you’re aware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- Abdominal pain
- Urinary symptoms such as urgency or frequency
- Loss of appetite
- Back pain
- Pain during sex
- Changes to menstrual cycle
According to the American Cancer Society, epithelial ovarian cancer (cancer starting on the tissue outside the ovaries) is categorized into stages based on how far the cancer has spread. Cancer in the localized stage hasn’t spread outside the ovaries. Cancer that has spread to structures or lymph nodes near the ovaries is considered to be in the regional stage. Cancer in the distant stage has spread to distant parts of the body, such as the liver or lungs.
The survival rate of a person diagnosed with ovarian cancer varies based on how soon it was discovered and what stage it is in. The five-year survival rate is 92% for cancer in the localized stage, 76% in the regional stage, and 30% in the distant stage.
In addition to significant monetary losses, patients who undergo medical treatment for ovarian cancer may experience a number of serious side effects, including:
- Anxiety and depression
- Hair loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Skin irritation
Talc and Mesothelioma
The link between Zantac and cancer stems from one of the drug’s primary ingredients, ranitidine. Ranitidine causes high levels of exposure to NDMA, a chemical contaminant that is known to be highly hepatotoxic (causes chemical-driven liver damage) and carcinogenic in lab animals.
In humans, NDMA can reduce the function of the liver, kidneys, and lungs and has been linked to various forms of cancer, including:
- Small intestine
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
Additionally, NDMA has been linked to the early onset of some forms of cancer in children due to transmission from their mothers while in utero. Pregnant women are often encouraged to take Zantac to relieve heartburn. However, some studies have linked NDMA exposure (caused by ranitidine medication) while pregnant to increased risk of testicular cancer in boys.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissues that surrounds your organs, most often affecting the lungs. It’s a rare form of cancer, only 3000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. However, doctors believe that most mesothelioma cases are due to asbestos exposure.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that is valued for a number of industrial purposes, such as insulation, flooring, and more. However, when asbestos is broken up, dust is created that poses a risk of inhalation. This dust can settle in the lungs, causing irritation and, ultimately, mesothelioma.
Johnson & Johnson victims allege that their use of asbestos-contaminated talcum powder caused them to develop mesothelioma, and that the manufacturers were aware of the contamination.
Talc Lawsuit Settlements
Complainants across the country are already seeing legal victories against Johnson & Johnson and other talc manufacturers.
$4.7 billion awarded to 22 women (July 2018)
A St. Louis Jury awarded $4.7 billion in punitive and compensatory damages to 22 women who say that Johnson & Johnson’s talc products contributed to their development of ovarian cancer.
$417 million awarded to Eva Echeverria (August 2017)
Ms. Echeverria developed ovarian cancer after having used baby powder daily for over 50 years. The jury awarded her $68 million in compensatory damage and $340 million in punitive damages.
$117 million awarded to Stephen Lanzo (April 2018)
A New Jersey jury awarded Stephen Lanzo and his wife $117 million in compensatory and punitive damages after Mr. Lanzo claimed he developed mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson products for over 30 years.
$110 million awarded to Lois Slemp (May 2017)
Ms. Slemp was awarded $110 million in damages by a St. Louis jury after she claimed that her use of Johnson & Johnson products for over 40 years caused her ovarian cancer.
$72 million awarded to the family of Jaqueline Fox (February 2016)
A jury awarded the family of Jaqueline Fox after coming to the agreement that Ms. Fox’s use of Johnson & Johnson talc products for over 30 years contributed to the development of ovarian cancer which killed her.
$70 million awarded to Deborah Giannecchini (October 2016)
Ms. Giannecchini claimed that her ovarian cancer was caused by her regular use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder. The jury agreed and awarded Ms. Giannecchini $70 million in damages.