Jury Ties Woman's Ovarian Cancer to J&J Talcum Powder

Talc Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Written by Faith Anderson on January 27, 2014
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Jury Ties Woman’s Ovarian Cancer to J&J Talcum Powder

Mounting research has examined the connection between talc-based body powders and ovarian cancer, and now a jury has linked the two in court.

A federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota found late last year that a woman’s use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products contributed to her ovarian cancer. According to the jury’s ruling, which was delivered in October 2013, Johnson & Johnson should provide adequate warnings to consumers about the link between talc-based body powder for feminine hygiene and ovarian cancer side effects. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you believe J&J’s talc-based body powder to be the cause, contact a knowledgeable attorney in your area for legal help. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.

Risks of J&J Talcum Powder

The product liability lawsuit was filed by 56-year-old Sioux Falls resident Deane Berg, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. According to the complaint, Berg used talcum-based products, including Johnson & Johnson Shower to Shower body powder, for hygiene purposes for about 30 years, and it wasn’t until after her diagnosis that she became aware of the risk of ovarian cancer linked to products containing talc. As Berg’s attorney noted in the lawsuit, she never would have used the talcum powder products in the manner she did if she had seen an ovarian cancer warning posted on the product.

Doctors Find Talc in Cancer Tissue

Prior to the ruling, three doctors examined Berg’s cancer tissue, found traces of talc using a scanning electronic microscope, and concluded that talc-based body powder was the cause of her ovarian cancer. The jury ruled in favor of Berg, but did not award Berg damages in the lawsuit, nor did it agree that J&J products are defective without a warning label. Still, Berg’s lawyer considered the ruling a victory, saying, “This is an absolutely great day for women all over the country. The jury wanted this connection out there in the public. They can’t hide this anymore.”

J&J Knew About Ovarian Cancer Risk

Researchers have been analyzing the potential connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for decades, and one of the very doctors who examined Berg’s cancer tissue has been studying the subject for 30 years. During the case, Daniel Cramer of Harvard University told jurors that talc probably played a role in close to 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer every year. Unfortunately, as a lawyer for Johnson & Johnson stated during the case, the company knew about research linking talc powder to ovarian cancer side effects, but chose not to add a warning label to the product because the connection was unproven.

Contact a Talcum Powder Lawyer in Your Area

According to a June 2013 report published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research, and based on data involving about 2,000 women, those who use talc-containing powder for feminine hygiene may have a 20% to 30% higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. If you used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for feminine hygiene in the past, and you have since been diagnosed with a life-threatening side effect like ovarian cancer, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous products, and can put you in touch with a talcum powder attorney who has experience handling product liability cases in your area.

[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/talcum-powder-and-cancer[/box]

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