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Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuits can be filed by women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of using talc-based products.

Talcum powder lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the studies linking baby powder to ovarian cancer, but chose not to warn consumers of the risk.

Contact our team of Arkansas injury attorneys. We’ll not only listen, but we’ll also ensure companies take responsibility for their negligence.

If a member of your family suffered serious injury or health problems as a result of using talcum powder, long-term, or even life-long, medical care may be required. We understand it could be incredibly expensive and because medical costs are continually rising, may be unknown at the time of filing your lawsuit. If a member of your family died due to ovarian cancer, no amount of money can undo that wrong.

Taylor King Law is committed to doing everything we can to ensure companies are held responsible, and that you receive justice. Call or contact us online today for a free consultation about your potential talcum powder lawsuit. There’s no obligation, and because we work on a contingency basis, there’s no cost until we win your case.

What to Know About Talcum Powder Lawsuits

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has qualified talc-based powders as likely cancer-causing. Research indicates that talcum powders, such as Johnson & Johnson’s, lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Despite the research, Johnson & Johnson has continued to maintain their talcum-based powders are safe to use. Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson allege that the company has failed to adequately warn consumers of the risks associated with their products.

Is Talcum Powder Linked to Cancer?

Studies have indicated varying degrees of risk linked to talc-based products. While some research is still inconclusive, a number of trials and studies link talc-based powders to a higher risk for ovarian cancer.

Harvard epidemiologist, Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, found that women who used talcum powder were at nearly twice the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

What is Talc?

Talc, used to make talcum powder, is a naturally occurring mineral that absorbs moisture and reduces friction. Talcum powder is used in a number of products including medicated powders, baby powders, cosmetics, and feminine hygiene products.

What Are the Dangers of Using Talcum Powder?

In 2003, a meta-analysis examining previous talcum powder ovarian cancer studies was published in Anticancer Research, confirming that weekly use of baby powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%. In 2008, a study examined the frequency of talcum powder use and rates of cancer, finding that women who use talcum powder on a daily basis are thought to face a 41% increase in risk for ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease leading to approximately 14,000 fatalities each year. Few symptoms are likely to surface in the early stages of ovarian cancer when it’s easiest to treat. By the time symptoms of ovarian cancer become apparent for many, the disease has spread beyond the ovaries and into other tissues and organs. Once the disease has spread, ovarian cancer becomes much more difficult to treat.

How Will I Know If Talcum Powder Caused My Ovarian Cancer?

The doctors who provided you with ovarian cancer treatment were focused on fighting the disease, not looking for its cause. However, the same tissue samples and pathology reports that were used in your diagnosis can now be examined to determine whether your ovarian tissues contain talc fibers. By reviewing your medical records and sending your pathology reports to a talcum powder ovarian cancer expert, we can determine whether talc may have caused your ovarian cancer.

Talc fibers can be found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic lymph nodes for years. In fact, intact fibers cause inflammation in the ovaries, which is believed to result in a higher rate of cancer. If talc fibers are present in your ovarian tissues, our researchers will detect them. Individuals who have used a talc-based baby powder regularly in the past are more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Using Talcum Powder?

Women using talcum powder as a feminine product should discontinue use. In May 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced it would discontinue selling talc-based baby powders in the United States. The company denied any allegations that its products were linked to health concerns and cited decreased demand as the reason.

The announcement, however, came shortly after the Food and Drug Administration found asbestos in their product.

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Can I File a Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson?

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If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using a talc-based powder, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Lawsuits are being actively filed, and billions in damages have already been awarded. Pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, failed to warn consumers of the associated risks with their products.

Associated conditions, in addition to ovarian cancer, include cervical cancer, uterine cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Why File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

We hope every talc lawsuit we file will serve to force manufacturers to take note of the pain it’s caused. Unfortunately, it’s only the fear of lawsuits, large settlements, and verdicts that move a company to become a better corporate citizen.

Our responsibility is to passionately pursue every avenue of justice for our clients and to ensure they receive fair compensation.

Talcum Powder Lawyers in Arkansas

To discuss the steps involved in filing a cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, schedule a meeting with Taylor King Law.

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We’re available to speak over the phone or to schedule a virtual meeting online. However you prefer to discuss your experience, we’re prepared to listen.

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If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, or an associated condition, after using a talc-based powder, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.

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The link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer is not only concerning, it’s an indictment against manufacturers who hid its dangers:

1970s – 2000
  • 1970s: An article in The Lancet warns, “The potentially harmful effects of talc . . . in the ovary . . . should not be ignored.”
  • 1981: Cramer, et al. Ovarian Cancer and Talc – A Case-Control Study “It is especially notable that women who regularly had both dusted their perineum with talc and had used it on sanitary napkins had more than a threefold increase in risk compared to women with neither exposure.”
  • 1989: Harlow, B. L (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115), and N. S. Weiss. A case-control study of borderline ovarian tumors: the influence of perineal exposure to talc. Am J Epidemiol 1989;130:390-4.
    • “[W]omen who used deodorizing powders alone or In combination with other talc-containing powders had 2.8 times the risk (95% confidence Interval 1.1-11.7) of women who had not had perineal exposure to powder.”
  • 1992: The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology publishes a study finding that weekly use of baby powder increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer threefold.
  • 1997: A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology affirms that perineal dusting of talcum powder contributes to the risk of cancer. It suggests also that talcum genital deodorant sprays contribute to cancer growth.
2000 – Present Day
  • 2003: A meta-analysis, which compiles and reviews data from 16 previous studies, is published in Anticancer Research. The study concludes that perineal baby powder use is associated with a 33% increase in ovarian cancer risk.
  • 2008: Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Margaret Gates reaffirms that weekly use of talcum powder for perineal dusting increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%. Dr. Gates also asserts that daily use increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 41%.
  • 2010: Dr. Gates, along with two other Harvard researchers, publishes a study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. The study investigated the role of talc particles in other endometrial cancer development. This study reinforces the notion that talc in baby powder is carcinogenic to humans. 
  • 2015: Epidemiologist Roberta Ness, found that “Talc use increased ovarian cancer by 30-60%.”
  • 2016: In May 2016, Cancer Epidemiology published a study of black women who used talcum powder for genital hygiene. Compared to non-users, women who used talc had a 44% increased risk of ovarian cancer and the risk increased over time.
  • 2017: On May 5, 2017, a St. Louis jury awarded a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest talcum powder lawsuit. The jury ruling comes after three previous St. Louis juries awarded a total of $197 million to plaintiffs who made similar claims about talcum powder.
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