Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

More than 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed involving Ovarian Cancer.

It is alleged that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of popular talcum base powders, including Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, knew about ovarian cancer risk as early as 1982, but failed to warn women of the dangers associated with using these products.

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Talcum Powder Lawsuit

What is Talcum?

 Talcum is a soft mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen with moisture absorbing properties, which is contained in many baby powders and body powders.

Women have used talcum powder for many years applied to all parts of their bodies to absorb moisture. It is common for women to place talcum powder on their undergarments. Unfortunately, these consumers have done so without knowing the risk involved from exposure to talcum.

Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovaries, part of women’s reproductive system.

It appears that the manufacturers of talcum powder products have known for many years of serious health risk involved, but have failed to warn of the risks. The regular use of talcum products by women on their genital area can increase the risk of ovarian cancer as particles travel through the vagina and uterus, and into the fallopian tubes and to the ovaries.

Dr. Daniel Kramer of Harvard University found a direct link between these particles in the reproductive system and development ovarian cancer in women who have used the talc products. Dr. Kramer’s report, which was published in December 2015, showed there was a 33% greater risk of developing ovarian cancer in women who had used talcum products than those who did not.

Similarly, the World Health Organization has concluded that based on limited evidence, the use of talc-based body powder is possibly carcinogenic to humans. Another study conducted by International Journal of Gynecological Cancer estimates that the frequent use of talcum powder products by females on the genital area can increase the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 30 to 60%. Simply put, the more often a woman uses these products on their genital area, the more likely she may develop ovarian cancer.

The American Cancer Society predicts greater than 20,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the US. Treatment parlaying cancer generally includes surgery and chemotherapy.

Recent Jury Verdicts Against Johnson & Johnson

The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been the focus of the recent talcum powder litigation.

The first jury award came earlier this year when a jury awarded Jacqueline Fox $72 million. Jacqueline was a Tarrant County woman who died of cancer she said was linked to the use of the company’s talcum powder products.

Another woman, Gloria Richardson, was awarded $55 million in a separate verdict.

A Missouri jury awarded a California woman $70 million verdict after finding that Johnson & Johnson was liable for injuries suffered as a result of using talcum powder products.

On October 25, 2016 another Missouri jury awarded the family of a Birmingham, Alabama woman Deborah Giannecchini  $70 million. The jury verdict includes $65 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson. Punitive damages are intended to reform or deter the defendant and others from engaging in similar bad conduct.

A spokesman for Johnson & Johnson has indicated they intend to appeal these jury awards.

Pepper & Odom Law Firm is currently evaluating potential lawsuits by women who have used talcum powder and been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

You may be eligible if you use the following products:

  • Johnson’s Baby Powder
  • Johnson Shower-to-Shower

Call today to see if you have a talcum powder claim. Our Attorneys offer a free and confidential consultation. 601-202-1111