Ovarian Cancer: Stealthy and Deadly

More than 250,000 women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. And 140,000 women die from the disease.

The disease has a reputation as one of the most deadly cancers. If it’s detected early, the five-year survival rate is around 92 percent. But the problem is that ovarian cancer isn’t usually diagnosed until it has spread beyond the ovaries. That’s because the cancer has no or few symptoms in its early stages. And the symptoms it does present — such as bloating, pelvic pressure and urgent or frequent urination — are also associated with other conditions.

Talcum Powder and Cancer Risk

We’ve probably all used talcum powder at some point. The absorbent powder is made from talc, a mineral made up of magnesium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. Up until the 1970s, talcum powder for home use was sometimes contaminated with asbestos, which causes cancer. In the past, talcum powder was also heavily promoted as a feminine hygiene product. Encouraged by advertising, many women believed that applying talcum powder near their reproductive organs was part of being fresh and clean.

Successful Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson was one of the most prominent makers of talc products, such as J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder.

Since 2016, juries have been consistently awarding large damages to ovarian cancer victims who regularly used Johnson & Johnson products or to the victims’ families, including:

  • $72 million to the family of the late Jacqueline Fox. According to The Washington Post: “A pathologist found that Fox’s ovaries were inflamed from talc, which then turned into cancer.”
  • $70 million to Deborah Giannecchini.
  • $55 million to Gloria Ristesund, who underwent a hysterectomy.

New cases continue to go to trial, and thousands of lawsuits are pending.

How Can We Help?

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, research as much information as possible about your diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and prognosis. If you believe your ovarian cancer was caused by exposure to cosmetic talc or other chemical exposure, call the Madeksho Law Firm, PLLC and speak to an attorney for legal assistance.

Sources: FDA, American Cancer Society, OvarianCancerDay.org, World Cancer Research Fund International, Huffington Post, Fortune, The Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters, The Daily Mail.