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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.

About Fallopian Tube Cancer | Talcum Powder and Fallopian Tube Cancer

If you have used Talcum Powder products around the genital area these talc products may have moved to your fallopian tubes  resulting in fallopian tube cancer. The products include Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is always looking for articles to share with our readers. We found this online and feel it was worth sharing.

All About Fallopian Tube Cancer

Neha Vapiwala, MD and Christine Hill-Kayser, MD
Updated by: Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN RN
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: March 14, 2016

What are the fallopian tube(s)?

The fallopian tubes are a pair of thin tubes that transport a woman’s eggs (ova) from her ovaries (where they are housed) to her uterus (aka “womb”) where they are either fertilized by male sperm or discarded during menstruation. Typically, an egg is released from one of the ovaries into the adjacent fallopian tube once each month during ovulation, which occurs in women who are of reproductive age. The tube helps to move the egg along its journey to the uterus with small hair-like projections called cilia that line the inside of the tubes.

What is fallopian tube cancer?

Normally, cells in the body will grow and divide to replace old or damaged cells in the body. This growth is highly regulated, and once enough cells are produced to replace the old ones, normal cells stop dividing. Tumors occur when there is an error in this regulation and cells continue to grow in an uncontrolled way. Tumors can either be benign or malignant. Although benign tumors may grow in an uncontrolled fashion sometimes, they do not spread beyond the part of the body where they started (metastasize) and do not invade into surrounding tissues. Malignant tumors, however, will grow in such a way that they invade and damage other tissues around them. They also may spread to other parts of the body, usually through the blood stream or through the lymphatic system where the lymph nodes are located. Over time, the cells within a malignant tumor become more abnormal and appear less like normal cells. This change in the appearance of cancer cells is called the tumor grade, and cancer cells are described as being well-differentiated, moderately-differentiated, poorly-differentiated, or undifferentiated. Well-differentiated cells are quite normal appearing and resemble the normal cells from which they originated. Undifferentiated cells are cells that have become so abnormal that often we cannot tell what types of cells they started from.

Cancer of the fallopian tubes is an abnormal growth of malignant cells in one or both of a woman’s fallopian tubes. The vast majority of fallopian tube cancers are papillary serous adenocarcinomas. These cancers grow from cells that line the fallopian tubes, which have become abnormal. When the cells begin to divide abnormally and gain the ability to invade other organs or spread to other parts of the body, tumors may form. Very occasionally, tumors can form from smooth muscle in the fallopian tubes, in which case they are called sarcomas (leiomyosarcomas), or from other cells that line the fallopian tubes, in which case they are called transitional cell carcinomas.

What are the signs of fallopian tube cancer?

The most common symptoms are vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, and abdominal pain. As a general rule, any vaginal bleeding in postmenopausal women should be quickly and carefully evaluated. Blood tinged vaginal discharge can be associated with infection. Your provider may order a course of antibiotic treatment. If the discharge does not resolve it may signify the presence of cancer. The pelvic pain associated with fallopian tube cancer occurs because of trapped fluid blocking and distending the fallopian tube. The pain is typically referred to as colicky or dull.

How is fallopian tube cancer diagnosed?

It is difficult to see something abnormal growing on the inside of a tube. This makes fallopian tube cancer difficult to diagnosis. One of the most important steps in evaluating any patient with a gynecologic complaint is a proper pelvic examination. The healthcare provider (HCP) should examine the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and vagina. During this test your provider will most likely perform a Pap smear. A Pap smear is a test in which your provider will use a thin tool to scrape a sample of cells from your cervix, which will then be tested. An abnormal pap smear does not mean you have fallopian tube cancer. An abnormal Pap smear test can mean nothing or it can provide answers about what else could be going on in your body. And though a pelvic exam and pap smear is helpful in diagnosing a gynecological issue it is not the determinate test of fallopian tube cancer.

Thought to be more helpful in diagnosing fallopian tube cancer specifically is ultrasound. Ultrasound is an imaging test in which high-energy sound waves bounce off of tissues or organs making echoes that form a picture, called a sonogram. Your provider may start with a transabdominal ultrasound. During this test a probe covered with a gel is moved around the skin on top of your abdomen to produce a picture of your abdominal organ. This test is useful but if your provider still suspects fallopian tube cancer, he or she will order a transvaginal ultrasound. During this test, a probe will be placed into the vagina to produce a picture of the internal organs. A transvaginal ultrasound is the most effective technique for imaging the fallopian tubes. CT scan and MRI are routinely used in conjunction with ultrasound to image the organs in the abdomen.

Serum levels of a marker called CA-125 can be abnormally high in patients with gynecologic diseases, both cancer and non-cancer types (ie: pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, early pregnancy). Although CA-125 is nonspecific, and may be elevated due to many problems that are not cancer, checking a preoperative level is often recommended in a postmenopausal woman with a pelvic mass, if for no other reason than to establish a baseline value for later comparison and assessment of response to therapy.

Although imaging and lab test results are helpful in diagnosing fallopian tube cancer, most providers feel that the diagnosis requires surgery to evaluate the fallopian tubes and obtain tissue specimens to test for cancer cells.

How is fallopian tube cancer staged?

In order to guide treatment and offer some insight into prognosis, fallopian cancer is staged using the FIGO system (International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians). Healthcare providers also use the TNM system (also called tumor – node – metastasis system). This system describes the size and local invasiveness of the tumor (T), which, if any, lymph nodes are involved (N), and if it has spread to other more distant areas of the body (M). This is then interpreted as a stage somewhere from I (one), denoting more limited disease, to IV (four), denoting more advanced disease. Generally, the higher the stage, the more serious the cancer. The staging system is quite technical, but is provided here for your reference.

Talcum Powder and Fallopian Tube Cancer

It is now known that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. These particles can lodge in the fallopian tubes as well potentially resulting in fallopian tube cancer. Johnson’s Baby Powder And Shower To Shower can result in Ovarian Cancer And Invasive Fallopian Tube Cancer.

Johnson and Johnson Hernia Mesh Harming Women

Another Johnson and Johnson product is receiving adverse reports for complications and mesh failure. This product is the Johnson and Johnson Ethicon hernia mesh. In our continuing attempt to help women injured by dangerous drugs, devices and consumer products, we have lawyers filing hernia mesh lawsuits for victims.

Physiomesh Causing Complications

 

The Physiomesh is a flexible composite mesh that is used in hernia repair.  It is made from  polypropylene, the same  mesh is also used to reinforce the vaginal wall in transvaginal mesh surgery.  This the same vaginal mesh that has been falling apart in women.

Johnson and Johnson Withdraws Physiomesh

In May of 2016, Ethicon  issued a worldwide recall of Physiomesh. The recall was based on the fact that the medical product was associated with a higher risk of  complications, including the need for additional surgeries. Many women who underwent hernia repair surgeries that used Physiomesh experienced mesh failure  events.

What Are The Dangers of Physiomesh?

Abdominal pain;
Necessary revision surgery to remove Physiomesh;
Recurrence of hernia;
Infection;
Erosion;
Perforations;
Device failure;
Bowel obstruction;
Fever;
Constipation;
Mesh migration;
Mesh contraction;
Intestinal fistulae;
Sepsis;
Diarrhea; and
death.

FDA On Physiomesh

A November 2010 report notes  “tears, rips, holes in device” are reported, leading to “minimal adhesion” and removal of the mesh. A February 2012 report in which a patient, who underwent hernia repair surgery that used Physiomesh, returned one week  after surgery with complaints of vomiting, constipation, and abdominal pain and distention. The  symptoms were a result of the Physiomesh. Ethicon did issue a voluntary recall  and was not mandated by the FDA to do so.

Physiomesh Lawyers Filing Physiomesh Lawsuits

Have you had  hernia repair surgery and have experienced any symptoms of mesh failure?  Contact us for a physiomesh lawyer.

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Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits Continue

Johnson and Johnson Facing Potentially  1000’s Of Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Johnson and Johnson won a  fourth talcum powder lawsuit but, had  three judgements of $72 million, $70 million and $55 million. Our lawyers have filed dozens of talcum powder lawsuits  on behalf of women who claim they got  ovarian cancer from Johnson & Johnson’s talcum based powders. A fifth talcum baby powder lawsuit was heard in the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 10th. The jury heard the case of Lois Slemp, who alleges that she developed ovarian cancer as a result of long term use of talc powder found in feminine hygiene products made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

A California state court judge will convene a 5-day “Sargon” hearing, California’s equivalent of a Daubert proceeding, to determine the admissibility of expert witness testimony. This could be as significant as a trial itself, after a New Jersey state court judge in October nixed testimony from two key expert witnesses for the plaintiff, scuttling what was set to the first talcum powder trial in the state. That decision remains on appeal.

Depending on the outcome of the June hearing, a bellwether trial is scheduled for July in Los Angeles, along with another trial scheduled that same month in Washington D.C. Superior Court. .

The case is captioned Valerie Swann, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. case number 1422 CC09326-01 in Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit Court.

Talcum powder cases continue in Federal court. About 134 cases are on file in the District of New Jersey Federal Court. The parties have been discussing various topics, including a protective order, a preservation order and other legal issues. A preservation order is where a plaintiff has to store physical or biological evidence for use in trials.

Johnson & Johnson reported in a recent filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) that it has been named a defendant in at least 3,100 product liability claims. These lawsuits are claims by women that Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc-based powders contributed to them getting ovarian cancer.

If you think you have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer due to your use of Baby Powder or Shower To Shower contact us today

 

Woman Wins Big On Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Claim

A Jury Granted More Than $70M In A J&J Baby Powder  Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit.

A California woman has been awarded more than $70 million  in a claim that Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder gave  her ovarian cancer.

“We are pleased the jury did the right thing. They once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product,” Jim Onder, an attorney for the plaintiff, advised The Associated Press.

“We deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer,” Carol Goodrich, a spokeswoman with Johnson & Johnson, said in a statement. “We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”

Is Baby Powder Safe?

It is now known that use of talc products can  increase a women’s risk of ovarian cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer advises that the product is “possibly carcinogenic.” The National Toxicology Program, made up of parts of a few distinctive government organizations, has not completely inspected talc.

 

 

Alternatives To Talcum Powder

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues to get calls on a daily basis from women with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer seeking a Talcum Powder lawyer. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline offers the latest news on Talcum Powder and the Talc Lawsuits. We found this article online about alternatives to talcum powder and think it will be helpful to our readers.

What Are The Alternatives To Talcum Powder?

Not all medical professionals agree that a link between baby powder and ovarian cancer exists.
The recent headlines about baby powder and its connection to ovarian cancer may raise more questions than answers. In February, a Missouri court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of Jackie Fox, a woman who died of ovarian cancer. The lawsuit said her death was linked to her 50-year daily habit of applying baby powder. But Johnson & Johnson insisted a correlation between talc powder and ovarian cancer has not been proven.

“The verdict goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple products, and while we sympathize with the family of the plaintiff, we strongly disagree with the outcome,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement.

Prosecutors say Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk since the early 1980s and did not protect its customers. In fact, the first study conducted on talc powder use on female genitalia found a 92 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer with women who reported genital talc use. But still, other doctors disagree. “Several decades of medical research do not support the hypothesis that use of talcum powder causes ovarian cancer,” said Dr. Hal Lawrence, chief executive officer of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

If all this back-and-forth has you questioning your baby powder usage, fear not. There are some safe alternatives to talc powder:

Cornstarch. Found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store, cornstarch is a great natural alternative to talc. The consistency is exactly the same, so it’ll help soak up wetness just as well. Cornstarch is derived from the endosperm of a corn kernel and is often used to help thicken sauces.

Arrowroot starch or tapioca starch. Both staples in a paleo baker’s kitchen, these starches are all-natural alternatives to talc. Arrowroot is derived from several tropical South American plants. Tapioca starch is derived from the crushed-up pulp of the South American cassava plant, a woody shrub. Both are used in paleo recipes as alternatives to flour and cornstarch. If you’re using it to on your baby’s sore bottom, try this recipe with some extra ingredients to help soothe.

Baking soda. You thought sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda, only had 100 uses. Well, here’s one more: This common pantry item can be used in place of baby powder. Some people even use it as deodorant, applying some to their underarms each morning. It can also deodorize the air. As a matter of fact, I keep one container in my pantry, one under my sink, one in my laundry room and one in the bathroom.

Oat flour. Try this if you’re looking for a slightly coarser powder than the ones mentioned above.

Commercial baby powder alternatives. These products combine the items listed above with essential oils, so the powder smells pretty nice. Just to name a few:

Burt’s Bee’s Baby Dusting Powder
Honeybee Gardens Deodorant Powder
The Honest Company Organic Baby Powder
Nature’s Baby Dusting Powder
Here’s one last reason to consider the all-natural route: Talc is poisonous when inhaled or swallowed. It can cause breathing problems, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics urges caution when it comes to using talc powder on babies.

If you or a loved one has a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and you or they have used Talcum Powder to dry off around the genital areas for over five years it would be in your best interest to call the Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline and speak to one of our talcum powder lawyers

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Consolidation Update

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline keeps you updated on all the latest news on the Talcum Powder lawsuits. We have just found out that the Talcum Powder Victims  in Illinois Class Action Will  Oppose Creation of An MDL Docket.

An MDL consolidates all nationwide Talcum Powder Lawsuits in one location under one judge in a court district, The idea of an MDL is to make the litigation process easier.

Plaintiffs involved in the Talcum Powder  lawsuits  pending in Illinois federal court will oppose the recent motion to create a multi-district litigation docket for talcum powder claims. Very often an MDL moves closer to a settlement offer from the manufacturer. It is possible that the lawyers  feel the will have better luck keeping the litigation at a local level.

According to an Aug. 1 docket entry entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, a status conference was held  and a motion had been filed to transfer this case into an MDL.

The Plaintiffs will be opposing the motion.

 

Talcum Powder Lawsuits Headed For Consolidation- MDL Status

It looks like the Talcum Powder lawsuits will be consolidated in a multi District litigation. A Multi District Litigation results in  all the ovarian cancer  lawsuits under one judge in one jurisdiction. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues to keep you updated on the progress of the Talcum Powder Lawsuits.
There have been more than 1,200 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits  filed against Johnson & Johnson in state and federal courts.

A talcum powder lawsuit motion has been filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) seeking  to  consolidate  all  ovarian cancer lawsuits  in a single court, under one judge  in order to coordinate pretrial proceedings and make the process easier.  The chosen venue  suggested is the  U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois.

The motion claims  that the current ovarian cancer  plaintiffs reside in several different states and that the Southern District of Illinois would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is reaching out to women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following years of regular, repeated use of talcum powder  products for feminine hygiene purposes.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

All of the talcum powder lawsuits have one thing in common. They claim that regular repeated and long term use  of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products to the genital area  can increase a woman’s risk of being  diagnosed with  ovarian cancer. All the lawsuits  claim  that talc particles can make their way into the vagina and migrate to the ovaries.  The accumulation of talc particles and the constant irritation and inflammation  can promote the growth of cancer cells. A number of studies published since the 1970s have suggested  a link.   Johnson & Johnson has failed to take any steps to warn women of this possible risk and link between Talc products and ovarian cancer.

More than 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson nationwide.   In April, a St. Louis jury awarded $55 million  to an ovarian cancer victim who used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powders for nearly 40 years  for  feminine hygiene . In February, another Missouri trial  resulted in  an award of $72 million for the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer  after using talc products for more than 30 years.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline

Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer are calling us for help on a daily basis. They all have one thing in common, They have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used  talc-based products for feminine hygiene for years. They are angry and want to speak to a Talcum Powder lawyer.

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is  A nationwide resource for women who have used Talcum powder for personal hygiene and have concerns. Many have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.   The Network of Talcum Powder Lawsuit attorneys have years of experience  representing women whio have been injured by a wide variety of dangerous drugs and devices. They have represented these women in complex individual and class action lawsuits against pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

 

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.
Now we learn the truth thru Talcum Powder Lawsuit  TV lawyer ads.
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..

Talcum Powder- Ovarian Cancer Helpline

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline has Talcum Powder lawyers filing Talcum Powder lawsuits for women who have gotten ovarian cancer from Talcum Powder. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues to report any recent news regarding the lawsuits and research regarding ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is a serious and often fatal disease and we are constantly on the look out for new and important updates that may be of interest to our followers.

We found this article and thought it might be helpful to women. This article discusses some ways to make it easier to find out if you have or are at risk for ovarian cancer.

Testing the  DNA  of a woman should identify the most effective drugs and finds out if other family members are at risk.

Fewer than a third of patients are currently tested, but the team at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London made it easier for women and increased uptake to 100%.

Experts said the findings were an important step.

The focus of testing is a set of genetic mutations which run in families called BRCA – they cause 15% of the 7,100 ovarian cancers detected in the UK each year.

Knowing if the patient is in the 15% helps improve treatment as some chemotherapy drugs are more effective against tumours caused by BRCA mutations.

And cancer drugs such as PARP inhibitors work only in women with BRCA mutations.

A tumour that is positive for BRCA is also an early warning to other family members that they may be at risk of developing ovarian, breast or prostate cancers.

‘Excellent example’
Testing currently involves getting an appointment with a separate genetics team after being diagnosed by a cancer doctor. The average wait is 12-15 weeks, the researchers say, and only a minority of women go for it.

The ICR team used advances in genetics testing – which is getting faster and cheaper – to offer screening with the original cancer doctor.

Prof Nazneen Rahman, who led the trial, told the BBC News website: “It cuts off all that time on a waiting list and extra consultation. The feedback from patients has been overwhelmingly positive.”

The results of the trial, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed all patients had screening and got their results in a quarter of the time. It also estimated the National Health Service would save £2.6m a year if it changed the way testing was offered.

Prof Rahman added: “There would be 283 fewer cancers and 77 fewer deaths a year – it really does save lives and money.

“It’s very unusual to get a win-win all round that allows us to help more people but doesn’t cost more.”

It is likely the approach would also work for other cancers, such as those in the breast.

Prof Paul Workman, the chief executive of ICR, said: “Twenty years ago the BRCA2 gene was identified at the ICR. This study is an excellent example of how science such as this can be turned into something very practical that can improve the patient care and save lives. We hope the new model for genetic testing will be rolled out across the NHS.”

Alexandra Holden, from the charity Target Ovarian Cancer, commented: “Any improved access to genetic testing for all women with ovarian cancer is an important step.

“It is essential that all women with ovarian cancer get genetic counseling, as we know from the women with ovarian cancer we support that there can be numerous, complex implications of a test, for all the family.”