Talcum powder is a mineral that is found throughout the world. When applied to a woman's genital area, sanitary napkins, tampons, the powder can move through the female reproductive organs in the ovaries.
Once in the ovary, the powder particles can cause inflammation, increased cell growth and DNA damage, which can cause ovarian cancer cells to grow and thrive.
A number of studies dating back as early as the 1970s have found talc elements in ovarian tumor tissue and associated powder used for ovarian cancer. Many talcum powder cancer lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of these products.
In a study reported in Cancer Prevention Research in 2013, researchers determined that women who use talcum powder regularly as feminine hygiene products have a 20 to 30 percent higher chance of emerging ovarian cancer.
As more medical studies have reported a malicious link between the use of Johnson & Johnson products talc and ovarian cancer, women have begun to take legal action against the company for failing to warn them of the dangers of using the powder as feminine hygiene products.
If you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and talc is used on a regular basis, you need to act quickly to pursue legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering you have experienced from your illness.
You need an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you prove the relationship between cancer and talc powder you use to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable.