Ovarian Cancer Facts You Should Know

Will Davidson LLP, one of the largest personal injury law firms in Southern Ontario, is currently investigating lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have received an ovarian cancer diagnosis after years of talcum powder usage. Earlier this year, we announced that in partnership with Rochon Genova LLP, we commenced a class action against Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) over allegations that its Baby Powder product causes ovarian cancer.

Toronto, May 19, 2016. Will Davidson LLP and Rochon Genova LLP have commenced a class action against Johnson & Johnson over allegations that its Baby Powder product causes ovarian cancer.

We are committed to helping obtain restitution for those whose lives have been altered by the negligence of J&J. We also want to help diminish the number of people who may develop ovarian cancer; about 1 in 71 Canadian women is expected to develop ovarian cancer during their lifetime, and 1 in 91 will die from it. In 2015 alone there were an estimated 2,800 new cases of ovarian cancer in Canada.

This class action suit aims to change the landscape of product labelling and manufacturers’ liability. In fact, scientific researchers have established that over time, applying talcum powder to genitals, underwear, and sanitary napkins increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 33 percent – a risk J&J knew about yet failed to disclose. So until we can move the needle toward prevention, it is important to disseminate information regarding detection and treatment, as well as to ground that information with verified statistics.


Early detection is your best bet in fighting off cancer. Unfortunately, there is no reliable screening test. There are a number of standalone screening tests currently in development; however, none are yet supported by sufficient evidence. If you believe you have signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, ask your doctor to perform and/or refer you to a specialist for a:

  • Complete pelvic exam
  • Transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound
  • CA-125 blood test

These tests are most effective when used in combination. You can also ask for a CT scan or PET scan as part of the diagnostic process. It is also imperative to know that the only definitive way to determine if a patient has ovarian cancer is through a biopsy.

If you believe you are having signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, be sure to speak to your doctor about it. If you receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you may want to seek a second opinion – and it is your right to do so. You must be comfortable with being your own advocate when it comes to your health and any required health care.


Treatment is fairly standardized but will, of course, include variances based on your situation. These factors include which institution you attend, the stage of ovarian cancer, the type and size of the tumour, your age and general health, and whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred.

After your doctor has assessed your condition, you will work with them to formulate a plan that you feel comfortable with. That plan may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and/or other therapies. The other therapies include complementary therapies, which are only meant to help you feel better while being treated, and alternative therapies, which are meant to help cure cancer, but lack proof of clinical trial success.

Surgery is usually the first step, though there are cases where chemotherapy is administered first, to shrink the size of the tumor. Once a tumor is extracted, a pathologist will examine the tumor to determine the stage and grade of ovarian cancer. This will help the gynecologic oncologist determine the appropriate treatment.

What Can You Do?

If you or a loved one received an ovarian cancer diagnosis after years of using talcum based Johnson & Johnson products, please contact our office to discuss your situation and how you may be entitled to compensation. For a no-obligation consultation, contact us today to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers.

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