Do you have ovarian cancer? Incidentally, have you been a regular user of talcum powder for hygienic purposes? Research says there may be a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. What makes it worse is that manufacturers might have known it.
If you were diagnosed with talcum-related ovarian cancer, reach out to a Los Angeles lawyer with vast experience in this matter. At Haffner Law, our attorneys have been handling similar cases. We’ll help you deal with insurance claims or file a product liability suit against the manufacturer involved in the case.
Our law firm will evaluate your case to determine whether the company was aware of the health risk of talcum (also known as talc) but chose to sell their product nonetheless. Our team will commit to your case. We will do everything we can to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve for the talc-related condition you developed.
Talcum Powder and Its Health Risks
Talc is a finely grained mineral popularly used in baby and cosmetic powders because of its water-absorbing property. It can keep the skin from being moist and oily, and even prevents rashes.
Baby and other cosmetic powders have been staples in the hygiene routine of some women. In the 1970s, however, doctors found talcum particles in ovarian tumors. In 1982, Harvard researcher Daniel Cramer found a link between genital exposure to talc and ovarian cancer. Since then, many researchers have been exploring the possible role of talc in increasing the risk of cancer.
How Can Talc Increase the Risk of Cancer?
Some researchers found that talc bears physical similarities to asbestos. Like asbestos, talc is a silicate mineral with a crystalline structure that can be unknowingly ingested or inhaled.
Prolonged exposure to silicate minerals such as talc and asbestos can cause irritation and chronic inflammation, which may lead to the formation of cancerous tumors. Mesothelioma, for instance, is an aggressive type of cancer. It develops when inhaled asbestos fibers lodge in the lining of the lungs, damaging the lining. Over time, malignant tumors begin to form on the damaged lining or mesothelium.
Other studies, on the other hand, found that in its natural form, talc has trace amounts of asbestos, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies as carcinogenic to humans.
Whether it’s similar to asbestos or it contains asbestos, talc powder has been associated with cancer of the ovary. Industry professionals suggest that talc might cause ovarian cancer if the powder particles (applied to the genital area regularly) were to pass through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries.
A study published in Cancer Prevention Research also discovered that talc in the groin area raises the risk of a woman developing ovarian cancer by as much as 30 percent. But this study noted that more work is needed to understand and pinpoint how talc-based genital powders may acquire a carcinogenic effect.
What Are the Efforts Against Talc?
In 1976, the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrances Association (CTFA) released guidelines stating that talc-based cosmetic products in the US should be free from detectable amounts of asbestos.
Today, the research on talc and its link to asbestos and cancer is still ongoing. The exact reason talcum leads to a higher risk of ovarian cancer remains unclear. Still, IARC classifies the genital use of talc-based body or hygienic powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
Despite decades of research, some manufacturers of talc powders continue to deny the possible link between talcum and cancer. But news reports revealed these companies knew about the potential health risks of their products and failed to warn their customers diligently through proper labeling.
Justice on Your Side
If you get diagnosed with ovarian cancer and believe you’ve developed it because of talc-based cosmetic powders, reach out to us. Our team of talc injury attorneys in Los Angeles has substantial knowledge and experience in product liability litigation. For years, we’ve been helping people who are victims of dangerous consumer goods. Count on our firm to protect your rights and keep your best interests in mind.
Aggressive, Reliable Legal Advocates
We are aggressive in challenging manufacturers that compromised the health of our clients. Opposing attorneys of corporations can make things difficult, but we’re here to guide you through every legal step you have to take. Our attorneys will be the fearless advocates you can rely on to enforce your rights and hold the manufacturer involved accountable.
No Win, No Fee Agreement
At Haffner Law, we handle personal injury cases, including talc ovarian cancer cases, under contingency fee agreements. We understand that battling with ovarian cancer comes with medical bills, lost income, and other huge expenses; our firm doesn’t want to add legal fees to your growing financial burden.
Under a contingency fee arrangement, we will only get paid after you’ve collected a monetary compensation. If you don’t win a financial recovery case, you don’t have to worry about paying our attorney fees. With such an arrangement, trust our attorneys to be thorough in recovering the maximum possible compensation for you.
Money can never undo the damage, but maximum compensation can be a big help to you and your family. It will cover medical costs, lost wages, and other damages you may sustain from the talcum powder exposure.
Get the Legal Representation You Deserve
Dealing with big corporations in court is no easy feat. It is vital to pick an attorney who isn’t only experienced in product liability litigation but also has the time and resources to focus on your case.
At Haffner Law, we are dedicated to every case that comes our way. We have the resources of a large law firm but the heart of a local practice. With us, your case won’t just be shuffled off to a paralegal or a junior lawyer.
We’re devoted to the people and communities of Los Angeles and California. When someone is injured because of another party’s negligence, our lawyers are here to help get the justice they deserve. From filing the claim to court trials, we protect and represent the best interests of our clients.
Discuss your case with our talc ovarian cancer lawyers. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation. (213) 514-5681