Talcum Powder Cancer Studies Timeline

Over 2,200 cases of ovarian cancer are reported each year in women that use Talc products regularly. The effects of Talc on the human body and tissues can be devastating. Talc studies and the harmful effects they have on humans have been ongoing for the last 86 years, but only now are we beginning to take action.

Timeline of Talc Powder Cancer Studies and Lawsuit

1930: 86 years ago in the early 1930’S, the first record of harmful effects of Talcum on human tissue were discovered, documented, and recorded. This discovery is so important because subsequent Talc research “piggy-backed” on the conclusions and analysis from this study, which allowed us to move forward in identifying whether or not Talc is safe for everyday use.

1971: In 1971 the first published study of the harmful effects of Talc on humans was published. It is this British study that provides crucial evidence, used as a basis of so many Talc Lawsuits today. This study, authored by W.J. Henderson, focused on the biopsy of numerous tumors removed from a British woman suffering from ovarian cancer. The study showed that, of the 13 tumors removed, 10 of them revealed traces of Talc. This evidence green-lighted subsequent studies to be done, examining the link between Talc and Cancer.

1992: In 1992 The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a research study that examined 235 white women diagnosed with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer between the years of 1984-1987. Overall, 49% of the women studied showed direct exposure to Talc, via directly applying Talc based products to the genital area. Additionally, there was a subgroup of women included in the study, limited to female users estimating that they have made over 10,000 applications of Talc during years when they were ovulating and had an intact genital tract. This sub-group was found to have the GREATEST overall risk of Ovarian Cancer.

2003: The Medical Journal, “Anticancer Research” published a study revealing large ties between women using Talc Powder on a regular basis, and ovarian cancer. This article is being used across the country by Plaintiff’s who believe that large company’s negligently marketed and produced Talc without properly warning patients of the risks associated with the product. (cancer.org). The results show that regular women users of talc have a 33% greater chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, compared to those who do not use the product at all. Also, another conclusion gained from this study is that, although the life-time risk of women developing ovarian cancer is low, talc still poses a very viable threat to women’s health.

2013: Deanne Berg (Plaintiff) prevails in the first lawsuit against J&J after a jury finds that J&J did in fact, fail to adequately warn consumers of developing ovarian cancer as the sole and direct result of using talc based products. Ms. Berg’s suit was the first of its kind to allege that asbestos-free talc powder still leads to ovarian cancer.

February 2016: A jury in St. Louis, Mo., Circuit Court found J&J liable for the development of Jacqueline Fox’s ovarian cancer. Her family was awarded a sum of $72 million. Ms. Fox passed away from cancer in Oct 2015. The verdict includes $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. This verdict will help pave the way for similar wrongful death lawsuits against J&J and numerous other companies producing talc products.

May 2016: A South Dakota woman was awarded $55 Million after jury finds Johnson & Johnson responsible for her ovarian cancer. This talc lawsuit was won by proving the fact that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risk of cancer in women who use talc based products, and failed to adequately warn the consumers of this highly increased risk. Every day we are seeing more and more of these lawsuits won, and the settlements are expected to continue to pour out to injured victims.