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Talcum Powder Lawyers Win For Ovarian Cancer Victim

J&J  Has Been Ordered to Pay $417 Million

(Reuters) – A California jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s verdict in favor of California resident Eva Echeverria was the largest yet in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.
“We are grateful for the jury’s verdict on this matter and that Eva Echeverria was able to have her day in court,” Mark Robinson, her lawyer, said in a statement.
The verdict included $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. It was a major setback for J&J, which faces 4,800 similar claims nationally and has been hit with over $300 million in verdicts by juries in Missouri.
“We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder,” J&J said.
Echeverria’s lawsuit was the first out of hundreds of California talc cases to go to trial.
The 63-year-old claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after decades of using J&J’s products. Her lawyers argued J&J encouraged women to use its products despite knowing of studies linking ovarian cancer to genital talc use.
J&J’s lawyers countered that studies and federal agencies have not found that talc products are carcinogenic.
The trial follows five prior ones in Missouri state court, where many lawsuits are pending.
J&J lost four of those trials and, along with a talc supplier, has been hit with $307 million in verdicts. Before Monday, the largest verdict was for $110 million.
The Missouri cases, which have largely been brought by out-of-state plaintiffs, have faced jurisdictional questions after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in June that limited where personal injury lawsuits can be filed.
In a decision in a case involving Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, the Supreme Court said state courts cannot hear claims against companies that are not based in the state when the alleged injuries did not occur there.
The ruling prompted a St. Louis judge, at New Jersey-based J&J’s urging, to declare a mistrial in the talc case already underway.
The judge has nonetheless left the door open for the plaintiffs to argue they still have jurisdiction based on a Missouri-based bottler J&J used to package its products.
The case is Echeverria et al v. Johnson & Johnson, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC628228.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Paul Simao)

If you or a loved one used  Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder  products for over five years on or near the genital area and now have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer contact The Talcum Powder Lawyer Helpline today.

Talcum Powder Dangerous and They Never Told You

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues to keep woman updated on the news regarding the link between Talcum Powder products and ovarian cancer. We continue to be amazed and horrified as we learn again and again THEY KNEW and never told us about this link. Didn’t anyone tell them that ovarian cancer can be fatal and destroy lives. We can lose our mothers, grandmothers, wives, daughters, friends and women we love and care about from this fatal disease.

We found this article online written by a dermatologist and would like to share it with our readers. We will be commenting as well.

Why we should all be more careful when sprinkling the talcum powder
by MiriamStoppard
Studies have linked talc to ovarian cancer, especially if used in the genital area, and it can also act as an irritant. It may feel soft and soothing but there are health risks to talc. As a dermatologist, I’ve never been keen on talcum powder. It can accumulate in skin creases and irritate, and its particles can act as an abrasive.

I’m even less happy using talcum powder on babies whose delicate skin is much more vulnerable to damage.

There was a scare a few decades back which linked talcum powder granules to bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease .

In 1991, Welsh scientists also ­discovered particles of talc embedded in ovarian and cervical cancers.

A report out earlier this year linked the use of talc on genitals with a 44% increase in invasive ovarian cancer among African American women.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2006 also classified talcum powder as a possible human carcinogen if used in the female genital area.

But cancer is difficult to understand because it develops over a long period and can be influenced by several factors, including lifestyle, genes and environment. Talc is a natural clay mineral composed of magnesium and silicon.
Researchers have found links to ovarian cancer
Because of its softness it’s often used in cosmetic products, such as blusher, because it prevents caking and absorbs excess moisture.

It’s also added into some tablets and chewing gum. Talc residues are often found near asbestos , a known carcinogen which means manufacturers have to take strong measures to avoid contamination when it is mined.

Some women like to use the powder on their inner thighs to prevent chafing, while others sprinkle it on their underwear to stay fresh.

But in 1982, Harvard professor Dr Daniel W Cramer and his colleagues compared 215 women with ovarian cancer and 215 healthy women who served as a control group.

Women who used talcum powder were at nearly twice the risk of having ovarian cancer than non-users. Those who used it regularly on their genitals and sanitary pads were at more than three times the risk.

Why talc use might lead to cancer is not clear. Studies have shown that talc crystals can move up the genitourinary tract into the peritoneal cavity, where the ovaries are.

And because talc ­particles can set off inflammation, and inflammation plays an important role in the development of ovarian cancer – and any other cancer – could be a likely mechanism.

Now baby powder carries a warning to keep out of reach of children. And pediatricians, as well as dermatologists, discourage its use on babies, who can become ill or die after breathing in the particles.

You have been warned.

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline suggests. Cornstarch can serve the same purpose and is alot less dangerous. We continue to get calls on a daily basis from women horrified by the news of the dangers of Talcum Powder. Many have lost a loved one to ovarian cancer. Many remember having had the powder sprinkled on them as babies and have used it on their babies. The woman of America are stunned at how this household name is now a danger to their lives. If you believe your diagnosis of ovarian cancer or you have lost a loved one to this disease and it is related to daily use of Talcum Powder products we encourage you to join other woman and families in the Talcum Powder Lawsuit.

Ovarian Cancer? Is Talcum Powder The New Culprit?

Cervical, Ovarian, Uterine, Vaginal, Vulvar cancer are various types of gynecological cancers women must be made aware of. You must understand your risk factors and the various products on the market that can potentially cause these types of cancer. These cannot be ignored nor can the potential risk of your having used talcum powder for years.
Recently Johnson and Johnson paid  72 million dollars  to a woman’s family after she passed away from ovarian cancer. The jury accepted the claim that the  woman’s use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene caused for her ovarian cancer and  eventual death. There are no warning  labels on Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower that their  these products may be harmful to women if used this way.
This is not a new idea but women have been shocked and are frightened now. If you feel ashamed talking about your private parts then realize these manufacturers used your fear of not smelling fresh to sell this product and  never told you about the ovarian cancer risk.  It has been reported that over 98,000 women have been  diagnosed with gynecologic cancers last year. Many of these were due to ovarian cancer and we do not know how many of them used the “stay dry” talcum powder marketed to them.

Do you still use talcum powder for personal hygiene?  How many other products do you use that you have no clue may harm you? The manufacturers certainly did not fess up and you obviously cannot trust them to tell you.
After the Johnson and Johnson fiasco I realized how many dangerous drugs and devices that are massive lawsuits have targeted women. We speak to women every day about the potential risk of using talcum powder and people who have lost a loved one to ovarian cancer and now realize their mother, sister grandmother, wife or loved one used these products right where the particles can travel to the ovaries.

The more I  speak with callers about their ovarian cancer and their use of talcum powder products the more I realize how careful we must be and how glad I am my mother pushed old fashioned corn starch. It was also alot cheaper in those days. But, J & J found a great market to go after. The black and Hispanic women who wanted to fit into a white society and smell clean and nice became the ultimate target.  They knew  that choosing their product, if marketed correctly, had very little to do with awareness of cancer  health, and  totally due to  fear of not smelling like a pretty white princess  all day and  every day.

Black woman often  used talcum powder  for her  their entire adult life. These products seemed safe, after all, mothers used talcum powder on their babies, right? Using Talcum Powder products were a part of being in with the other girls. Yet, as far back as 2005 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center did a study  about these products. Another study   was published in 1997. The studies suggested  there might  be a connection between talcum powder use  and ovarian cancer.
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Is there is a  connection between feminine hygiene powders and ovarian cancer? It seems that biopsies are finding talc particles in the ovaries and these particles may have been there for years. It has been noted that the constant irritation can lead to cancer producing cells. The news is out now. The Johnson and Johnson lawsuit has awakened women  across the  country. They are calling us everyday and the families that lost them to ovarian cancer are calling as well. Do you believe your ovarian cancer diagnosis is from your use of Talcum Powder? Did you lose a loved one to ovarian cancer? Did she use talcum powder daily to keep dry? Do you want to join others in the Talcum Powder lawsuit and send a message to get those bad products off the shelves? Call the Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline..

Taxotere Hair Loss Lawyers | Taxotere Helpline Announced

In continuing to maintain it’s role in helping women injured by dangerous drugs, devices and consumer products the Helpline ” Pink Sites” has launched a Taxotere Helpline and outreach campaign to locate all women effected by permanent hair loss after using Taxotere.

Taxotere Lawyers Filing  Hair Loss Lawsuits

In a recent Taxotere lawsuit a  woman  alleged that her use of breast cancer drug Taxotere (docetaxel) resulted in permanent alopecia, or a total failure of her hair to regrow. Sanofi-Aventis has  failed to warn patients that they may not experience hair regrowth after stopping Taxotere.

 

Taxotere Lawsuits Mount Up
In December of 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly announced  numerous adverse incident  reports related to Taxotere and permanent alopecia in breast cancer chemotherapy patients.

If these  filings continue  Taxotere cases may be  consolidated in federal multidistrict litigation (MDL)

 

Talcum Powder – Ovarian Cancer Link Alert

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline  alerts women who didn’t know of the possible link between   Talcum powder product use  on the pelvic area and ovarian cancer. Talcum powder lawyers claim that if talcum powder is used for years the particles can travel to the fallopian tubes and the ovaries. They can stay there for years and cause irritation which eventually can result in cancer cells. Ovarian cancer rates are highest in women aged 55-64 years. This is the exact age group that Talcum powder was marketed to when they were  teenagers and young women.

Johnson & Johnson is now  facing more than 1,000 lawsuits from women claiming they  knew that the talc in its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products was linked to ovarian cancer when used in the genital area. They did not warn anyone of this. Both products were marketed extensively  for feminine hygiene. . A 1988 ad for Shower to Shower said “just a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.” Others told women: “Your body perspires in more places than just under your arms.”

Is Talcum Powder  Johnson and Johnson’s next horror for women?  1000’s of women are still suffering from their vaginal mesh products. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline receives dozens of calls every day from women who feel their ovarian cancer is from use of these Talcum Powder products. Juries have started to award female victims and families who have lost loved ones compensation.

What Are The Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer?

Pain in the pelvis or abdomen
Bloating in the abdomen
Urinary urgency
Urinary frequency
Constipation or diarrhea
Feeling full quickly while eating
Having difficulty eating
Vaginal bleeding or other discharge that is different than normal
Back pain
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.

What Is Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder is made from talc or   hydrated magnesium silicate which occurs naturally as a mineral in formations like soapstone. For over 120 years, Johnson & Johnson has marketed talcum powder around the world as a baby powder and for adults to absorb sweat in products like Shower to Shower.

Johnson and Johnson has  targeted women to increase sales. “Want to feel cool, smooth and dry? It’s as easy as taking powder from a baby,” was the text in a  Johnson & Johnson ad from the 1960s.

In the 1970s, the first studies emerged showing that talc was deeply embedded into ovarian cancers. Johnson & Johnson introduced corn starch alternatives but it continued to offer talc-based products. In 2014 Johnson & Johnson’s annual talcum powder sales were estimated at $374 million.

The Research Is In On Talcum Powder

The World Health Organization reports that talc is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Talc is banned in Europe.

If you believe your diagnosis of ovarian cancer is due to use of Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower To Shower speak to one of our Talcum powder lawyers.

Spread The Word On Talcum Powder Lawsuits and Dangers

Do you know someone who has ovarian cancer. Tell them about the dangers of Talcum powder.

Possible New Aggressive Ovarian Cancer Treatment In The News

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline offers resources, new ovarian cancer treatment news, updates on the Talcum Powder lawsuits, and qualified experienced Talcum Powder lawsuit attorneys.

We found this article on new Ovarian cancer treatment studies and offer it to our readers. A new study points to  MicroRNA molecule’s role in cancer gene expression to be more important than previously thought
Date:
May 5, 2016
Source:
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Summary:
Small, non-coding molecules called microRNAs are known to play an important role in cancer development. Researchers now have shown their significance is greater than previously thought, a finding that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for the most common and deadly form of ovarian cancer.

 The New Facts
Small, non-coding molecules called microRNAs are known to play an important role in cancer development. Researchers now have shown their significance is greater than previously thought, a finding that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for the most common and deadly form of ovarian cancer.

The study results, published in the May 5, 2016 online issue of Cell Reports, were reported by a team led by Gordon Mills, Ph.D., chair of Systems Biology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“MicroRNAs appear to have evolved to regulate cellular functions through having many different targets, and were thought to function mainly through down regulating the levels or functions of messenger RNA,” said Mills. “Remarkably, this study shows that microRNAs can also up regulate the expression of key cancer genes directly. This suggests that the mechanisms by which microRNAs regulate cellular function are much broader than was generally accepted.”

The team, using data from The Cancer Genome Atlas, zeroed in on the biochemical interplay between a transcription factor, STAT3, which has been associated with poor outcome in ovarian cancer patients when present in high levels, and a microRNA called miR551b. This little-studied microRNA now has been shown to impact STAT3 protein levels, contributing to resistance to cell death and increased proliferation of cancer cells both in vivo and in vitro. Mills believes this points to miR551b as a “promising candidate biomarker and therapeutic target.”

“The study supports the concept that targeting miR551b expression could block STAT3 activity, and prove useful for treating ovarian cancers,” said Mills. “We believe these findings warrant further evaluation of anti-miR therapies.”

To explore the potential of miR551b as a therapeutic target, Mills’ team treated mice with an anti-miR551b therapy, twice a week for a month and observed markedly decreased tumor growth.

“Our results demonstrate the therapeutic potential of anti-miR551b in treating ovarian cancers with high levels of miR551b,” said Mills. “Future studies will need to examine the activity of combination therapy of anti-miR551b with other therapeutic interventions.”

If you believe your ovarian cancer diagnosis is due to years of using Talcum powder contact us today.