Sacramento Uterine Cancer Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento uterine cancer attorney. Our firm understands how deeply troubled you may feel upon learning that your uterine cancer was probably caused by past usage of a talc body or baby powder. Consumers have every right to believe that manufacturers will only market safe and effective personal hygiene products.
Rest assured that our firm has the necessary experience to provide you with the legal advice you’ll need as you search for new medical treatments related to your uterine cancer diagnosis.
Here’s a brief overview of what’s currently known about how talcum powder can play a role in women developing endometrial or uterine cancer.
What Substances are Found in Talcum Powder?
This type of powder basically consists of magnesium, silicone, and oxygen. In its natural form, talc occasionally includes asbestos – a substance that can cause lung cancer if inhaled over long periods of time. Over the years, many women have used baby or body powder products to help them maintain adequate feminine hygiene. They trusted that the talc powder they were using wasn’t dangerous and would help them keep their vaginal areas clean and dry.
However, recent jury verdicts, including one for $72 million in 2016 against Johnson & Johnson, clearly indicate that using talc can lead to ovarian cancer – and likely uterine cancer as well.
What Proof Exists Concerning a Link Between Talc and Uterine Cancer?
One key trait of talc must be noted right away – like asbestos – it can form tiny shards that break off and imbed themselves in a woman’s body tissues. One study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention tracked over 66,000 female nurses over more than a 20-year period ending in 2004. During that study’s lengthy timeframe, 599 cases of uterine or endometrial cancer were discovered. Every woman involved in the study was asked whether they regularly used talcum powder in their genital area.
It turned out that the women who had used talcum powder in that body region had an increased risk (over their lifetimes) of 21% for developing uterine cancer. Furthermore, the women who said they used baby powder or talc powder at least once a week had an even higher risk of developing cancer – twenty-four percent (24%).
In other words, there was a clear correlation between the number of times a week a woman used talc and her chances of developing cancer. This troubling result proved especially true for women in their post-menopausal years. Many doctors now believe that talc really can move upwards in a woman’s vaginal tissues to where it can imbed itself in her pelvic region.
The study referenced above and others are now motivating numerous healthcare professionals to warn women to simply stop using all talcum powder products. Even the American Cancer Society states on its website that it may be best for women to either limit their use of talcum powder or avoid it altogether.
How Long Have Medical Professionals Known of This Possible Link?
Certain researchers have clearly been wondering about this connection for decades. However, they didn’t really have too much concrete or comprehensive evidence available until the past decade. As recently as 2010, Rodale, a major publisher of medical materials for the public, noted in an article quoting Harvard researchers that talcum powder was linked to uterine cancer in much older women.
If you believe your recently diagnosed case of uterine cancer is tied to your lengthy use of a specific talcum powder product, please contact an experienced talcum powder injury lawyer right away.
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Sacramento Uterine Cancer & Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Uterine Cancer Attorney. If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed with uterine or ovarian cancer resulting from the use of baby powder or other talc-based products, please give me a call at (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly advice. I can also be reached toll free by calling (800) 404-5400.
I’m a member of the Million Dollar Advocates. This is a group of top-rated trial lawyers throughout the United States who have obtained settlements and verdicts in excess of 1 Million Dollars.
Look at my Past Verdicts and Settlements here.