Connection between Talcum Power and Ovarian Cancer (And Lawsuit)
Now this might sound amazing to some and probably not to others, but there are discussions that talcum powders causes Ovarian cancer and so here we are going to discuss about link of talcum power, cervical cancer (or ovarian cancer) and about lawsuits around those.
About Talcum Powder Cancer Risk
According to Cancer.org, there is a risk of cancerous effect upon using Talcum powder, not all of those, but a certain percentage of various types of Talcum powders in the market.
The website talks about the types of talcum powders by broadly dividing two types of those –
- Talcum powder with asbestos constituent,
- Talcum powder without asbestos constituent,
And justifies that only Talcum powder with asbestos has risk of spreading cancer, specifically ovarian or cervical cancer.
Does Talcum Powder cause cancer?
Yes it might.
Upon various tests, both in lab and on humans, it was found that some talcum powder exposures resulted in formation of tumor, thus giving signs that talcum powder might cause cancer in human beings either.
Even asbestos free talc, were found to have ability of causing cancer if, in case, inhaled.
How does talcum powder cause Ovarian cancer?
Now, when it comes to talk about risk of ovarian cancer because of talcum powder usage, here is what happens.
When you use talc on your genial area, particles of it sometimes go through the vaginal area to Fallopian tube and reach the ovary, thus leading to infection in ovary. This might result in causing ovarian cancer either.
Sometimes, intentional or unintentional application of Talcum powder in sanitary napkins too lead to infection of talcum powder in ovaries, causing ovarian cancer.
Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits
Around these years, various talcum powder cancer lawsuits came into news and some of which made to big headlines either. Some involved major market players of talcum powder, like Jhonson And Jhonson too!
Here are some of the news about talcum powder cancer lawsuits.
Jhonson And Jhonson Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit – Lady wins
According to a news published in USA Today, a lady with ovarian cancer was awarded $110 millions from Jhonson and Jhonson against a baby powder lawsuit.
According to jury for the verdict, Jhonson and Jhonson was said to have kept profit over people and having invested millions in manipulating scientific consequences of their product.
It was justified that the responsibility of Jhonson and Jhonson was to teach how to use baby powder to stay away from risk of cancer and that it failed in that.
According to the article, the company had already lost various cases similar to this one in which it was found that talcum powder caused cancer and Jhonson and Jhonson had to pay fine for all those cases.
Diane Berg’s 2009 lawsuit against Jhonson and Jhonson
According to Huff Post, Diane Berg was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer at the age of 49. She was a physician assistant then.She used to spray talcum powder in her underpants and that resulted in infection of cancer in her ovaries.
At that time, Jhonson and Jhonson offered her an amount of 1.3 million dollars for closing the case outside but since she was against the system of that rather than just willing to get compensation, she kept her strike on.
The New York Times, published an article about the case and wrote that Berg refused to accept payment before the trial of Talcum powder lawsuit.
There had been various other talcum powder lawsuit cases of ovarian cancer and for most of which, the giant company was found guilty and ignorant.