Pathology reports can be powerful evidence.
The first evidence of talc in ovaries occurred in 1971 when British researchers found talc particles “deeply embedded” in 10 out of 13 biopsied ovarian tumors, according to a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Talc can take years to disintegrate, which means it will continue to build up in the reproductive organs of women who regularly use Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. Once ovarian cancer is suspected or diagnosed, tissues samples can be taken from the ovaries, fallopian tubes and pelvic lymph nodes and examined by a pathologist. If talc fibers are present in the tissue, this could be a very strong indication that talcum/baby powder played a role in the development of this devastating disease.
Pathologic evidence can be extremely persuasive and powerful in the legal arena. To date, thousands of women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, alleging the health care giant knew perineal use of talcum powder was a risk factor for ovarian cancer but failed to warn them. So far, two juries have found J&J liable and have awarded two families a total of $127 million in damages.
In both cases, pathologists found talcum powder in the women’s ovarian tissue.
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