September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is responsible for nearly 15,000 deaths every year. During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to educate you on the causes and treatments of ovarian cancer, as well as the profound impact this disease has on American families and communities.
By raising awareness and increasing education about this dangerous and often times fatal cancer, we can all do our part to help prevent new cases from occurring in the future.
Ovarian cancer occurs when cells within the ovary begin to multiply and grow out of control, causing a growth called a tumor. Not all ovarian tumors are cancerous, and in fact, a majority of tumors that form on the ovaries are benign. However, when an ovarian tumor begins to spread or metastasize, it can quickly spread to the pelvis, abdomen, and different areas of the body.
While scientists are still working hard to determine what exactly causes ovarian cancer, there are certain behaviors and demographic factors that increase a women’s risk of developing the disease. First, ovarian cancer occurs most frequently in women ages 63 and over. Medical professionals advise women in this age group to speak with your doctor about ovarian cancer and undergo frequent screenings.
Other risk factors for developing ovarian cancer include:
- Use of an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Estrogen hormone replacement therapy
- Fertility treatments
- Other genetic factors
- Long term use of talcum powder on the genital area
Support & Treatment
It is important to remember that there is help and support available to women and their families that are dealing with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. There are a variety of medical options available to ovarian cancer patients, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and more.
Additionally, there are many wonderful ovarian cancer awareness organizations that have made it their mission to offer resources and support to patients with ovarian cancer as well as their families, including:
- The Foundation for Women’s Cancer
- The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
- The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
- The American Cancer Society
Regular Use of Talcum Powder Products Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that regular use of talcum powder on the genital area is a major risk factor for developing ovarian cancer. More than 20 scientific studies dating back as far as 1971 have shown that regular use of talcum powder on the genital area may increase a women’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by up to 33%.
Thousands of women may have developed ovarian cancer as a direct result of regular use of talcum powder products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower. In fact, during a 2013 trial against Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Daniel Cramer of Harvard University testified that more than 10,000 women every year in the U.S could be developing ovarian cancer at least in part due to their regular use of talcum powder.
Despite their knowledge of the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson failed to add warning labels to their talcum powder products. J&J put the health and safety of thousands of women at risk when they decided that they did not want to tarnish the reputation of their talcum powder products by adding warning labels
Morelli Law Firm is Here to Help
If you or a loved one regularly used talcum powder on your genital area and developed ovarian cancer, call the Morelli Law Firm right away at 800-701-8800. When you call, you will speak with one of the dedicated, compassionate Personal Injury attorneys at Morelli Law Firm absolutely FREE. We will help you find answers and will fight hard to secure the justice you deserve.
Thousands of women are coming forward to seek compensation for their pain and suffering. J&J is facing over 1,200 lawsuits alleging that it failed to properly warn its customers about the potential health risks of its talcum powder products.
If we take your case, there is never an attorney’s fee due up front. In fact, there is only an attorneys fee due, at the end of the case, and if we are successful in securing a recovery for you. If there is no recovery, there is no attorney’s fee.