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Talcum Powder Use Increases the Risk You Could Develop Ovarian Cancer

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spilled white powder with talcum written in itJohnson & Johnson talcum powder has been used for generations to soothe babies’ skin irritations, reduce moisture, and to make them smell fresh. Women have also used it as a feminine hygiene product to keep their genital areas or sanitary napkins comfortable and odor-free. Unfortunately, use of talcum powder by women can increase their risk of developing ovarian cancer and dying.

The Correlation Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Recent studies have found that use of baby powder in woman’s genital area and on sanitary napkins or tampons increase a woman’s risk of developing deadly ovarian cancer. The talcum powder particles can travel through a woman’s vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes into the ovaries, causing cancer in some women. According to a study reported in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research in 2013, women who regularly use talcum powder for feminine hygiene have a 20 to 30 percent greater risk of becoming ill with ovarian cancer.

Recent Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson Have Awarded Women Millions in Damages

Johnson & Johnson has been sued by women in over 1,200 lawsuits accusing the company of knowing of the dangers of talcum powder use causing ovarian cancer and failing to warn women of these risks. Two of these cases recently went to trial in Missouri, and the juries found in favor of the women suing Johnson & Johnson. The women were awarded the following:

  • In February 2016, a woman’s family was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages for her death from ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for feminine hygiene since she was a teen. In awarding punitive damages, the jury relied on an internal Johnson & Johnson memo from 1997 that clearly showed their medical consultant was convinced of the increased dangers of contracting ovarian cancer from talcum powder use.
  • In another 2016 Missouri case, a jury awarded a woman $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. She had been using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower to Shower Powder for decades for feminine hygiene before developing ovarian cancer.

 Do you suspect use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused your ovarian cancer? These cases are complicated, and you should not try to settle your claim on your own. You need to consult with an experienced products liability attorney who can negotiate a settlement for you or file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson if necessary. Call me today at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.

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