Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson produces talcum-based products that have been marketed as female hygiene essentials, including Shower to Shower and Baby Powder. Unfortunately, these products have been linked to ovarian cancer, and there is evidence that Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical powerhouse, knew about the relationship between ovarian cancer and talcum powder as early as the 1980s, more than 3 decades before the first talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit was filed.

Now, women who have developed ovarian cancer are part of talc lawsuits across the country. Loved ones who have lost a spouse or a mother are also participating.

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Research Regarding Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

There have been over 20 studies in the past forty years that have shown at least some correlation between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. In 2003, researchers did an overall analysis of these studies and concluded that women who use talcum powder regularly are one-third more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

Essentially, research indicates that, when used near the genitals, the talcum powder in products like Shower to Shower can travel to the ovaries. The body does not expel these particles well, which can cause long-term health problems. The talc specks can become embedded in the ovarian tissue, causing inflammation and cancerous tumors.

Both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society state that using talc on or near the genitals can contribute to developing ovarian cancer.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

Because of this link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder, talc lawsuits are becoming more common. Talcum powder was specifically marketed by Johnson & Johnson to use on or around the genitals as a way for women to stay fresh and clean. Women and their families have sued Johnson & Johnson for this advertising technique, and for failing to warn women about the potential to contract ovarian cancer when using talcum powder on a long-term basis.

Victims involved in talc lawsuits point to internal records that Johnson & Johnson knew of a link or potential link between ovarian cancer and talc, but they still did nothing to alter their product or to warn users of the risk. Courts have already found that this fact means that Johnson & Johnson breached their duty to their customers. Two individual talc lawsuits found for the victim in 2016—one was awarded $55 million, and the other was awarded $72 million.

There are also class action lawsuits pending that address ovarian cancer and talcum powder use. However, class action lawsuits do have some limitations on what you can recover. You may want to speak with an attorney to fully understand your legal options if you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer after talcum powder use.

Ovarian cancer can lead to talc lawsuits. Call 877-810-4067 for a free consultation. There is no cost to you and no obligation.