Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit.
Talcum powder is used regularly by women to maintain their feminine hygiene, but recent studies and lawsuits might compel them to stop. In August 2017, Eva Echeverria, a hospitalized woman, claimed that her use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Echeverria ultimately won the case and the court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record sum of $417 million. However, she is not the only woman to file a claim for the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder.
Talcum Powder and Its Risks
Talcum powder comes from rock deposits that can be found all around the world and is characterized by its softness. In fact, talc is the softest mineral on earth. What talcum powder does is absorb moisture and keeps skin dry. While this soft powder seems harmless, a 2016 study from the Epidemiology Journal found additional risks with talcum powder use. While it is already proven that natural talcum containing asbestos increases individuals chances of lung cancer when they breathe it in, asbestos-free talc applied to women’s genital areas will increase their chances of developing ovarian cancer by 33 percent.
Effects and Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer
Those who have been using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder may be at risk of developing ovarian cancer. Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for if you’ve been exposed to prolonged usage of talcum powder:
- Changes in your menstrual cycle
- Irregular bowel movements
- Fatigue/Low energy
- Changes in appetite
- Lower back/Pelvis pressure
The side-effects that come with ovarian cancer are often put off as just “common annoyances”, since they are subtle. This is where ovarian cancer gets its nickname, “the silent killer.”
Ovarian Cysts and Tumors
If not treated, these symptoms can lead to the development of ovarian cysts, masses, and tumors. Side effects that come with an ovarian cyst include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Abnormal bleeding
- Painful intercourse
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Aching in the lower back/thighs
If you or a loved one have been experiencing any of these symptoms after prolonged exposure to Johnson & Johnson baby powder, give Robert J. DeBry & Associates a call at 801-699-9999, or fill out our free consultation form. You may be entitled to compensation from irreversible damage to your health caused by the talcum powder.