WHO Lists Talcum Powder as Potential Carcinogen

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Talcum Powder attorneys for the Onder Law Firm offer new and expanded ovarian cancer warning information, based on the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Attorneys representing national talcum powder lawsuits provide no-obligation case review at their website, the Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center.

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New information gleaned from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is now included on the Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center website. Designed as a public resource for information on the risks associated with talcum powder use, the site compiles the available research on talcum powder and diagnosis of ovarian cancer following perineal use of the product. The Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center website is maintained by attorneys handling talcum powder lawsuits nationwide for the Onder Law Firm.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, with the help of experts worldwide, offers information regarding the carcinogenicity of a wide variety of substances.* The agency publishes “Monographs”, documents which include information on the level of cancer risk each substance poses to humans and animals, based on a cumulative analysis of existing research. The international agency also provides a labeling system which classifies each substance for its relative carcinogenicity. Substances are considered “carcinogenic” or cancer-causing if its presence in the body increases the rates of cancer in humans or animals, or causing existing cancer to worsen or multiply, according to the agency’s preamble.** The agency’s experts also make recommendations on the needs and goals of future research.

Contrary to popular belief, some talcum powder products still contain asbestos, according to the IARC. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and has been proven to cause cancer, according to the monograph on talcum powder carcinogenicity.*** Talc containing asbestos is listed as a Group 1 agent, meaning “Carcinogenic to humans”. Talc that is free of asbestos is classified as Group 3, or “not classifiable”. The other possible classifications are Group 2 (Probably carcinogenic) and Group 4 (Probably not carcinogenic), according to the agency’s website. The monograph on talcum powder and cancer risks cites “a case control study” that found a “doubling in relative risk for ovarian cancer among women with perineal use of talc”.

Women and the family members of women who have suffered from ovarian cancer and have a history of using talcum powder products for perineal dusting have filed talcum powder lawsuits nationwide in recent years. The attorneys handling talcum powder lawsuits for the Onder Law Firm recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Madison County, Missouri woman who alleges that her development of ovarian cancer can be linked to her routine use of talcum powder for nearly five decades. The lawsuit, case number 15-L-84, was filed in Madison County Circuit Court on January 20, 2015. This talcum powder lawsuit alleges that the defendants, (pharmaceutical companys Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, manufacturers Imerys Talc America and Personal Care Products Council f/k/a Luzenac America Inc., and the drug store Walgreens) knew of the dangers of cancer from talcum powder, yet never warned consumers, according to official court documents.

These talcum powder lawyers provide regular talcum powder lawsuit news and ovarian cancer research updates at the firm’s Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center website. The Onder Law Firm has an established track record of winning significant settlements for clients in the areas of drug and medical device recalls, as well as product and family safety. The firm is respected throughout the United States for its work on window blind strangulation, and has notable expertise in representing the interests of individuals against multi-national corporations. Persons and the family members of persons who have suffered from ovarian cancer and have used talcum powder for feminine hygiene are eligible for a free case review with a talcum powder lawyer, and may contact the firm through its Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center website for a no-cost, no-obligation case review.

The Onder Law Firm also welcomes talcum powder lawsuit inquiries from other law firms, either to handle these inquiries or work as co-counsel.

About The Onder Law Firm
Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation. The Onder Law Firm’s talcum powder attorneys provide information to the public at http://www.TalcumPowderOvarianCancerCenter.com.

*monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/News/index.php
**monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Preamble/index.php, accessed 2/16/15
***monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/suppl7/Suppl7-144.pdf, accessed 2/16/15

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