Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
According to a number of studies, when used by women in the pelvic region of their bodies, talcum powder products present an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Despite this increased risk, manufacturers of talc-based powders, chief among them being Johnson & Johnson, have been accused of failing to warn people of the risks inherent in using talcum powder.
The link between talcum powder and an increased risk of ovarian cancer has been solidly supported by studies dating back more than 30 years. When applied to a woman's genital area, particles of talc can actually migrate through the woman's reproductive system to the ovaries, where they can remain for as much as eight years, often resulting in inflammation and subsequent cancer cell growth. According to at least one researcher, out of the 14,000 ovarian cancer deaths in the United States every year, nearly 10,000 can be linked to the use of a talc-based powder, such as baby or body powder.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Knowing how to spot symptoms of ovarian cancer is very important, because they aren’t always obvious; many such symptoms are also common among women without ovarian cancer, so it may be better to be safe than sorry, especially if you have used baby powder or body powder for many years.
Among the most common early symptoms of ovarian cancer can include belly or pelvic pain, bloating, loss of appetite or feeling full more quickly than usual, or urinary problems, especially having to go to the bathroom more frequently. Some women will also experience indigestion, constipation, fatigue, back pain, pain during intercourse, or changes in their menstrual cycle.
Obviously, symptoms like these may not indicate cancer. But, if any of these symptoms happens almost daily for more than 2-3 weeks, you should speak with a doctor. The symptoms of ovarian cancer follow a recognizable pattern, in that they start suddenly, they happen almost every day and don't go away, and they don't feel the same as your normal menstrual or digestive problems.
What to do After Diagnosis
Despite the significant evidence of a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, talc remains an unregulated product; and, product warning labels are not required on talcum powder products.
Ovarian cancer is a very serious and potentially harmful illness that can lead to significant suffering and a long, painful death. The highly skilled attorneys at Blizzard & Nabers, LLP have handled lawsuits nationwide to help people recover damages for harm due to the use to talcum powder. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using a talcum powder product, you may be entitled to compensation; please contact us online to speak with a knowledgeable attorney today.