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Louisville Talcum Powder Lawyer

Scientific evidence now confirms a direct link between ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder. If you have ovarian cancer and are one of the millions of women who used talcum powder products as part of their daily feminine hygiene routine, you need to reach out to a personal injury attorney right away to protect your rights. The attorneys at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC are experienced Kentucky personal injury attorneys with the resources needed to take on the large corporations responsible for this tragedy.

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

The talc in talcum powder products is good at absorbing moisture and protecting against chafing. Unfortunately, it’s the talc itself that causes the damage. Talc is made of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Chemically, talc is related to asbestos, another toxic chemical. Evidence shows that talc can cause internal inflammation and damage reproductive organs.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance reports that over 22,200 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Ovarian cancer has a death rate of over 60 percent.

Large awards in court cases have confirmed there is a link between ovarian cancer and the use of products containing talcum powder. A jury in Los Angeles, CA recently awarded a medical receptionist $417 million in damages after she developed ovarian cancer due to the use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

When detected early, treatments, though not always effective, for ovarian cancer do exist; however, it’s too often a silent killer. Because the symptoms can be subtle and easily explained away, many women are not diagnosed until the cancer has reached a later stage.

Ovarian cancer symptoms include:

  • Back pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Vaginal discharge or bleeding
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Feeling bloated
  • Feeling full while eating

If you or a female in your family has a history of using products containing talc and is experiencing any of these symptoms, they should speak with their doctor immediately.

Other Cancers related to Talcum Powder

Ovarian cancer is not the only issue talc has been linked to.

  • Endometrial cancer. A study of 66,000 women, published in Cancer Epidemiology found that the risk of endometrial cancer in post-menopausal women increased by 24% for those who used talcum powder on their genital area at least once per week. Of uterine cancers, endometrial cancer is the most common.
  • Lung cancer/mesothelioma. In 1973 the federal government banned the use of asbestos in talcum powder. Small particles of talcum powder become airborne when applied. Asbestos particles were inhaled into the lungs along with the talc. Those who breathe asbestos routinely can develop an aggressive lung cancer called mesothelioma.

Products with Talc

Talc is used in thousands of products. Deodorants, contraceptives, feminine hygiene products, cosmetics, and many products designed to limit chafing. The following products have all been named in talcum powder lawsuits.

  • Shower-to-Shower
  • Clubman Pinaud Talc
  • McKesson Baby Powder
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder
  • Gold Bond Medicated Powder
  • Cashmere Bouquet

It’s a good idea to check the ingredients of all personal hygiene products for talc, especially those used genitally.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Talcum powder lawsuits fall into the area of law called product liability. Product liability cases can be challenging because they require creating a direct link between the product and the injury sustained. The attorneys at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC are proficient in this area of the law. We know what is required to work with physicians, safety experts, oncologists, or other professionals to thoroughly investigate and prove your case.

If you’ve lost a loved one and believe their death may be linked to their use of a talc product or if you are suffering from a cancer that you fear may be linked to talcum powder, you deserve to find out and be properly compensated for your suffering. Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC can provide you with compassionate legal representation while you navigate this journey. Call today for a free consultation.