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Talcum powder is a popular choice for many women who use it daily for feminine hygiene. Yet this trusted household product may be responsible for causing a serious and deadly form of ovarian cancer in thousands of women each year.
The link between Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and ovarian cancer dates back as early as 1971, when a study of ovarian cancer patients revealed talc particles in their ovarian tissues. Yet Johnson & Johnson and talc mining companies have argued against these findings and managed to keep their dangerous product on the shelves for 40 more years without restriction or warnings of any kind.
The Philadelphia-based consumer rights attorneys at Golomb & Honik are currently reviewing claims from women who developed ovarian cancer after using a Johnson & Johnson powder product. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, call us at 1-800-355-3300 or 1-215-985-9177 immediately to evaluate your case.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Talc is a mineral comprised primarily of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. When ground into powder, talc can absorb moisture and reduce friction. Talcum powder is widely used to help keep skin dry and prevent rashes. When used on the genitals, however, dangerous talc particles can travel into the ovaries and remain trapped for years. These particles can cause inflammation and lead to the growth of ovarian cancer cells.
Research suggests that talcum powder can contribute to cancer in the ovaries if particles enter the body through the vagina. One review of data reported in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research indicated that women who regularly use talc-based powder for feminine hygiene might increase their risk of ovarian cancer by about 41 percent.
Following the 1971 study, numerous studies were published pointing to the link between talc and ovarian cancer. In 1992, a study found that regular use of baby powder increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer threefold. In 2010, a Harvard study concluded that talc in baby powder was carcinogenic to humans. Yet talcum powder remained on the market unregulated and without any warning from the manufacturer.
Talcum Powder and Failure to Warn of Ovarian Cancer Risk
Despite numerous studies that pointed to the connection between talc and ovarian cancer, neither Johnson & Johnson nor the FDA has ever warned American consumers of the risks. Even though the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that regular baby powder application leads to higher rates of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson continues to deny the connections and the risks.
Luckily, judges and juries are not in agreement with the FDA or Johnson & Johnson. The first baby powder cancer lawsuit was recently won in 2013. A federal jury recently found that talcum contained in some Johnson & Johnson powders contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer.
The plaintiff in this case was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, after about 30 years of using talcum-based Johnson & Johnson powders—including the popular Shower-to-Shower body powder—as part of her personal hygiene routine. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of a link between the use of talc-based powder for feminine hygiene and a heightened risk of ovarian cancer.
This outcome gives hope to the thousands of women who have developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based products. At least one state attorney general’s office is investigating Johnson & Johnson’s promotion of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene, and the company faces additional pending claims on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer following the regular use of its talc-based powders.
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If you or a family member was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using a talcum-based Johnson & Johnson powder product, such as Shower to Shower or Johnson’s Baby Powder, for feminine hygiene, please contact Golomb & Honik today for your free consultation. Our consumer class action attorneys welcome clients from the greater Philadelphia area, throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and nationwide.
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