More than 20 studies have linked talc powder to ovarian cancer since 1971. A 2003 analysis concluded that women using talcum powder were 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson, allegedly knew about the ovarian cancer risk associated with Baby Powder and other talcum products since at least 1982, but failed to warn consumers of the dangers. Many hundreds of women have since filed talc lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.
A St. Louis jury awarded $110 millionfinding Johnson and Johnson liable for one woman’s ovarian cancer. Over $125 million has been awarded in other talc cases. For instance, in 2016 Gloria Ristesund, who used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for more than 35 years, was awarded $55 million after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.
If you or someone you know used talcum or baby powder and subsequently developed ovarian cancer, our attorneys would like to speak with you. For more information, contact us today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
WHAT IS TALC?
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up of silicon, oxygen, and magnesium. It absorbs moisture and is useful for keeping skin dry and preventing rashes. It has been widely used in cosmetic products for decades.
Concerns about a link between talcum powder and cancer center around the use of talcum powder by women in the genital area. Many case-control studies have found an increase in the risk of ovarian cancer associated with the use of talcum powder near the genitals.
For decades, researchers have speculated that if talc powder were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary, the powder could become embedded in ovarian tissue.
ARE THERE ANY WARNINGS FOR CONSUMERS REGARDING TALCUM POWDER?
Unlike food products, body products do not need to be reviewed by the FDA, but do need to be properly labeled. In several lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, plaintiffs successfully argued that the company did not provide sufficient warnings to consumers about the risks of using talcum powder based products. Thousands of suits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn women of the risk of developing ovarian cancer.WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A LAWSUIT?
If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based products in the genital area, you may be entitled to compensation.