The Shocking Link Between Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer
Multiple studies have shown a link between talc-based products used for feminine hygiene and an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Dr. Daniel Cramer, a Harvard epidemiologist, stated that close to 10,000 women have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of their Johnson & Johnson talc baby powder use. The problem has become so serious that many state agencies and cancer research centers are advising people to use cornstarch-based powders rather than talc-based powders because of the serious risk of developing ovarian cancer.
If the risk of cancer was not bad enough, evidence has surfaced that major talcum product manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson were aware of the cancer risks and the fact that some of its talc products contained toxic asbestos fibers. J&J reportedly discovered that some of its talc products were contaminated with asbestos in the 1970s and 80s, yet it continued to market its talcum baby powder as safe to use by the general public. This is a mind-boggling level of corporate malfeasance and disregard for public safety. Asbestos-contaminated talc powder is deadly. Asbestos fibers are capable of causing a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.
Contact a Lawyer Right Away
Our team of talcum powder cancer lawyers have fielded many calls from women suffering from ovarian cancer, as well as their family members calling about deaths caused by ovarian cancer that may have been linked to their loved one's use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder, Shower to Shower baby powder, or another talc products. Here are some of the common questions we have fielded from prospective clients:
- Does Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder cause ovarian cancer?
- Is talcum powder or baby powder bad for you?
- What are the baby powder ovarian cancer risks?
- Could my talcum powder be contaminated with asbestos?
- Where are Johnson & Johnson baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuits pending?
- Is there a Johnson & Johnson baby powder class action lawsuit?
- Can talc baby powder cause ovarian cancer?
- Do any talc baby powder and ovarian cancer medical studies exist?
- Which lawyers are handling Johnson & Johnson baby powder ovarian cancer suits?
If you or a family member used talc containing baby powder for a decade or more, and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer within 5 years of the use of the baby powder, please contact us for a free, confidential consultation.
Dozens of medical studies have linked prolonged talcum baby powder use to ovarian cancer. In fact, these studies reveal that women who have used talcum powder were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who did not use this powder.
The concern over talc powder causing ovarian cancer was first raised in 1971. Yes, the health problems associated with talc powder use were discovered decades ago. In 1982, researchers discovered that women using talc powder during ovulation were at a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. From there, over 20 studies were performed on talc powder and almost all of them found that women using these products near their genitals were at an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer. In fact, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society consider talc use near the genitals as a “risk factor” for ovarian cancer.
Corporate Indifference to Cancer Risk
There appears to be evidence that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of numerous talc-based powders (e.g., Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower) knew about the risk of women developing ovarian cancer since the early 1980s, but failed to warn women using these powders.
If you or someone you know developed ovarian cancer after using talcum or baby powder, our team of talc powder cancer attorneys are here to help. You, or a loved one, may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powder used when you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. For more information, contact our team of attorneys for a free, confidential consultation. You can contact us by phone or by filling out the quick contact form on this page. Once you contact us, you will receive a response from an actual attorney.
Lawsuits Have Already Been Filed Against Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is facing multiple lawsuits alleging that the company failed to warn consumers about the serious risk of developing ovarian cancer when using these products near the genitals. Our firm is not surprised by this revelation. Our personal injury law firm has battled big corporations that put profit over safety. For example, we won a $2.5 million jury verdict for the family of a man who was burned to the death after his lawn mower caught fire. We discovered that the manufacturer was aware of serious safety issues, but took little-to-no action to alert consumers. It sounds like history is repeating itself.
In 2015, a California jury entered an $18 million verdict in favor of a man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after using talcum powder products. of California rekindled the hotly debated link between talcum powder and mesothelioma cancer. The verdict was against talc supplier Whittaker, Clark & Daniels. The plaintiff in this talc absestos cancer case claimed that the company’s asbestos-tainted talcum powder products used at the barbershop where his father worked exposed him to the toxic, cancer-causing fibers.
In another talc-asbestos powder cancer case, May 2015, a jury awarded a woman $13 million in damages against Colgate-Palmolive Co. after she claimed asbestos that was in the company's Cashmere Bouquet scented talc powder product led to her mesothelioma diagnosis. The case ultimately settled out of court whil the jury was considering adding a substantial punitive damage award against the company.
Johnson & Johnson, and Other Talc Manufacturers, Had a Duty to Warn Consumers About the Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Risk
In 2013, a jury found that Johnson & Johnson should have warned women about the risk of developing ovarian cancer when using its talcum and baby powders near the genitals. In that case, it was revealed that Johnson & Johnson had knowledge of the link between talc powder and ovarian cancer since the 1980s. Even more shocking, researchers reportedly recommended that the company put a warning for this cancer risk on its talcum powders. However, Johnson & Johnson talc powders do not include any warnings about the risk of developing ovarian cancer. They also contain no warning that some talc products may be contaminated with asbestos fibers, which are known to cause a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.
Talc Powder Products That Could Put Your Health at Risk
- JOHNSON'S ® Baby Powder
- SHOWER to SHOWER® Absorbent Body Powder
- And all other talcum powder products.
Do I Have to Pay a Large Retainer Fee to Hire a Talc Powder Cancer Attorney?
No. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means we only charge clients if we obtain a financial recovery for you through settlement, judgment, or jury verdict. Once we get a recovery, our firm receives a percentage fee.
Time to Take Action - Contact Our Firm Today for a Free, Confidential Consultation
Now is the time to speak to an experienced talc powder cancer lawyer with Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan. We are currently investigating and accepting talc powder cancer cases. If you or a loved one is between the age of 30 and 65 and used talc powder for feminine hygiene the past few years, you may be able to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses.
You do not get an infinite amount of time to file a lawsuit against the talc powder manufacturer. You should seek out legal representation sooner rather than later. Contact our personal injury law firm's office by phone or by filling out the quick contact form on this page. An attorney will respond within hours.
Why You Need to Contact Our Talc Cancer Law Firm Today
- Women for decades have used talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes.
- Numerous medical studies have determined that talcum powder, used for this purpose, increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
- Companies that sold talcum powders knew their product increased the risk of ovarian cancer yet failed to place a warning on their products.
- The lawyers at Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan possess over 80 years of combined legal experience
- The firm is recognized as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News & World Report (since '10) for personal injury litigation.
- Our team of personal injury and product defect attorneys have experience representing clients in mass tort claims and defective product injury and wrongful death lawsuits.