Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Written by Faith Anderson on March 27, 2014
More Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Cases Coming Forward Throughout U.S.
More complaints are being brought against talcum powder makers, as more women become aware of the potential link between talc powder and ovarian cancer.
As more information comes to light about the potential dangers of Johnson & Johnson baby powder, Shower to Shower talcum powder and other talc-based powders, more and more women throughout the United States are coming forward with claims that they developed ovarian cancer from exposure to talc. Just last fall, a South Dakota woman brought the first-ever talcum powder cancer case against Johnson & Johnson, and the jury found in her favor, ruling that J&J was negligent in failing to warn consumers about the possible ovarian cancer side effects of talc. Since that landmark decision, product liability lawyers throughout the country have been investigating claims brought on behalf of women who believe they have been harmed by talc-based products like Shower to Shower talcum powder and Johnson & Johnson baby powder.
Ovarian Cancer Risk Tied to Talcum Powder
Talcum powder is an over-the-counter product that many men and women use to keep their skin free of moisture and prevent rashes. In fact, there is probably a bottle of Johnson & Johnson baby powder or another talc-based baby powder in nearly every medicine cabinet in the United States. Unfortunately, what many consumers don’t know about these talcum powder products is that the main ingredient could actually put them at risk for cancer. Researchers have been examining the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for decades, and the findings are alarming. According to a report involving nearly 2,000 participants published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research in 2013, women who use talcum powder for feminine hygiene may actually have a 20% to 30% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Talc Powder “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans”
The possible connection between talcum-based products and ovarian cancer has been the subject of more than a dozen studies over the years, and although the American Cancer Society doesn’t list talcum powder as a cancer-causing agent, other organizations do. In 2007, the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that talc powder was “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” and Dr. Daniel Cramer, a gynecologist, epidemiologist, and researcher and professor at Harvard believes that as many as “ten percent of all ovarian cancer cases in the U.S. are related to the use of talcum powder.” If you have used Shower to Shower talcum powder, Johnson & Johnson baby powder, or another talc-based powder in the past, and you have since been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can put you in touch with a qualified talcum powder lawyer today.