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Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

Over 2,000 ovarian cancer lawsuits have been filed by women who used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. In 2016, three trials in St. Louis ended in combined jury verdicts of $200 million.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting ovarian cancer induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson is facing at least 2,000 lawsuits involving women with ovarian cancer who used baby powder. Our lawyers are investigating cases involving the following products:

$200 Million in Ovarian Cancer Jury Awards

In October 2016, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded $70 million to a woman from California who was diagnosed with statge-4 metastatic ovarian cancer in 2012 after using baby powder on her genitals for 45 years.

In May 2016, another jury in St. Louis awarded $55 million to a woman from South Dakota who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using baby powder for nearly 40 years.

In February 2016, the family of a woman from Alabama who died of ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million by a jury in St. Louis. Her lawyers said Johnson & Johnson consciously chose to ignore warning signs and continued promoting talcum powder for adult women.

Talc and Asbestos

Before the 1970s, talcum powder products were sometimes contaminated with asbestos. Talc and asbestos are naturally-occurring minerals with similar structures that are often found in the same mines. Asbestos is a known carcinogen linked to mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer that occurs in epithelial cells. In 2015, a woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after breathing baby powder was awarded $13 million.

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Similar to mesothelioma in the lungs, the most common type of ovarian cancer also occurs in epithelial cells on the outside of the ovary. Experts are concerned that talc particles in the ovaries could cause long-term inflammation and increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Studies dating back to the 1970s have found particles of talc in the ovaries of women with cancer, proving that it can travel through the entire reproductive system.

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer occurs when cells start growing uncontrollably and form a mass called a tumor. The ovaries are two reproductive glands that produce eggs. It is the deadliest cancer in the reproductive system.

What is the risk?

According to the American Cancer Society, the average lifetime risk of ovarian cancer for women in the United States is about 1 in 75 (1.4%). They estimate that over 14,280 women will die from ovarian cancer in 2016. Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of cancers in women.

Talc May Increase Cancer Risk by 20-30%

In 2003, researchers analyzed data from 16 studies involving nearly 12,000 women who used talcum powder for feminine hygiene. They found a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer associated with talcum powder, which translates to a 1.8% lifetime risk.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

  • abdominal bloating, pressure, and pain
  • feeling abnormally full after eating
  • trouble eating
  • increased urination and urge to urinate
  • fatigue
  • indigestion and heartburn
  • constipation
  • back pain
  • menstrual irregularities
  • painful intercourse

Do I have an Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting ovarian cancer induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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