Our Philadelphia Talcum Powder Injury Lawyers are evaluating cases from consumers injured by using talcum powder. Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, can cause ovarian and other cancers in regular users. Johnson & Johnson has been selling these products for decades without providing any warning labels informing consumers of the cancer risks associated with talc.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Authorities have known of the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer for more than 40 years. Because women who use talcum powder often use it for personal hygiene, talc particles can travel into a woman’s ovaries through her vagina and fallopian tubes and cause ovarian cancer. The initial study establishing this link was conducted in 1971. Subsequent studies reported in the 1990s and early 2000s demonstrated a 33% greater risk of ovarian cancer in users of talc.
A more recent study, reported in May 2016, showed an even greater risk of ovarian cancer from use of talcum powder in African American women. Of the study subjects who developed ovarian cancer, 63% admitted to using talc, while only 53% of the study subjects without ovarian cancer acknowledged using talc.
A significant aspect of this study is the finding that even study subjects who used talc on body parts other than their genitals showed an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The women who used talc on or near the genitals had a 40% greater chance of developing ovarian cancer. Subjects who used talc only in other areas still showed a 30% greater chance of developing ovarian cancer.
Talcum Powder / Talc Lawsuits
More than 2,000 women have filed lawsuits against talc manufacturers to recover damages for ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder. Legal actions commenced by Philadelphia Talcum Powder Injury Lawyers against Johnson & Johnson allege:
- that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risk of ovarian cancer from women’s use of talcum powder for over 40 years
- marketed these products to women for use on or near the genitals, and
- failed to adequately warn consumers about the serious risks of talcum powder use