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Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been putting talcum powder in its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products for decades, even though studies dating back to 1971 have evidenced a potential link between talc and ovarian cancer.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Baby Powder or Shower to Shower for genital dusting, contact your team at GoldenbergLaw. Our talcum powder lawyers can make sure that you are being represented fairly and accurately. Leave the sleepless nights to us.

Case Quick Facts

The Problem

Depending on usage, women who genitally dust with talcum powder may be almost three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer due to long-term irritation of the ovaries and the actual presence of talcum fibers within ovarian tissue.

The Injuries

Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease for both the patient and her loved ones. Diagnosis often results in chemotherapy, radiation, surgical intervention, and death.

The Defendant(s)

Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest companies, manufactures and distributes Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. Despite the trust placed in the company by women all across America, J&J has never warned of the increased risk of ovarian cancer from genital dusting of talc even though it was aware of the potential link for more than three decades.

Litigation Status – Active
Thousands of women from across the country have filed lawsuits alleging their ovarian cancer was caused by use of J&J’s talcum powder products. Litigation is ongoing in St. Louis, Missouri, where four separate trials have resulted in three jury verdicts awarding over $200 million. A Multidistrict Litigation has also been formed in the District of New Jersey and assigned to The Honorable Judge Freda L. Wolfson.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

When it comes to handling a talcum powder and ovarian cancer lawsuit, our team is more than qualified to take on the case. GoldenbergLaw has had years of experience with drug-related cases and has had a great amount of success throughout those years. If you have been affected negatively by talcum powder, contact us and get a free consultation.

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What is Talcum Powder (Talc)?

Talc is a mineral comprised mainly of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is widely used in many cosmetic products and powders to prevent wetness, chaffing, and rashes. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has used talc in their Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products for many generations, developing a large and loyal customer-base throughout the years.

Why is Talcum Powder Dangerous?

Studies dating back to 1971 have shown a potential link between talc and ovarian cancer. “Just a sprinkle a day keeps odor away” is what Johnson & Johnson (J&J) told women across the nation since the 1980s, encouraging them to use the powder for genital dusting. The slogan invokes obvious negative connotations regarding the cleanliness of female genitals, but if that isn’t enough to ruffle your feathers, consider this: J&J became aware of the potential link in 1982 when executives met with Dr. Daniel Cramer, an epidemiologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston who had published a study on the link between talc and ovarian cancer in the journal Cancer.

Despite these developments in the case against J&J, the company continues to adamantly deny any link between talc and ovarian cancer and refuses to pull the talc-based products from the market. In two 1997 letters to company officials, toxicologist Alfred P. Wehner, an internal consultant for J&J, attacked the company’s stance on the issue:

“Anybody who denies this [link between talc and ovarian cancer] risks that the talc industry will be perceived by the public like it perceives the cigarette industry: denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”

Cancer Prevention Research

A study in 2013 found that women have a 20-30% increase in developing ovarian cancer when using talcum powder for the purpose of genital dusting.

The Association Between Talc Use and Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Cramer recently published another study showing an overall association between talc use and epithelial ovarian cancer—an association that is stronger in African Americans.

Studies Link Talc to Ovarian Cancer

Since Dr. Cramer’s 1982 study, over 20 other studies have been published connecting the genital use of talc to ovarian cancer.

In 2008, Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Margaret Gates reaffirmed that weekly use of talcum powder for perineal use increases the risk for ovarian cancer by 33%, and daily use by 41%.

Why Choose GoldenbergLaw?

When it comes to handling a talcum powder and ovarian cancer lawsuit, our team is more than qualified to take on the case. GoldenbergLaw has had years of experience with defective drug and device litigations and has had a great amount of success throughout those years. If you have been affected negatively by talcum powder, contact us and get a free consultation.

 

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