Talcum Powder Cancer Attorney

Talcum Powder LawsuitWomen nationwide are pursuing product liability lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. Talcum powder cancer lawsuits allege that talc makers have withheld information for decades about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Three juries have found that J&J failed to warn women about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Our law firm is handling such cases. Call us for a free legal consultation.

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Baby Powder, Ovarian Cancer Link

Evidence has increasingly emerged linking ovarian cancer risk with talcum powder. Talcum powder may migrate through the vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Talc has been found within some ovarian tumors diagnosed among regular users of Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower products.

Ms. Harlan’s complaint is one of several ovarian cancer lawsuits filed over talcum powder. Some experts have suggested talc may be responsible for thousands of new cancer cases each year. Ms. Harlan is pursuing claims for strict liability, failure to warn, negligence, breach of warranty and civil conspiracy, seeking both compensatory and punitive damages.

Talcum Powder Litigation

All the complaints involve similar allegations, claiming talc makers knew or should have known about the link between talc and ovarian cancer for decades, yet continued to market the products for feminine hygiene, while failing to provide warnings for women or medical professionals. According to the lawsuits, Johnson’s Baby Powder warnings have indicated only that users should avoid contact with the eyes and keep the powder away from the faces of children to avoid inhalation. Plaintiffs maintain evidence about the ovarian cancer risk with talcum powder has been available to the makers for decades. They allege studies published back in the 1970s found evidence of talc embedded in ovarian tumors.

Talc a Possible Carcinogen – WHO

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, has classified genital use of talc powder as a “possible carcinogen.” The American Cancer Society has indicated women concerned about the talcum powder cancer risk may want to avoid or limit use, or consider using cornstarch-based products instead.

Cancer Prevention Research Study

A study published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research in June 2013 said women who use genital powder containing talc may face a 20% to 30% higher risk of ovarian cancer than those who do not use talc. The overall risk still remains small, but women have expressed concerns about why further research has not been done by manufacturers, and why warnings have not been given about the possible health risks.

10,000 Ovarian Cancer Cases per Year from Talc?

A South Dakota jury in Oct. 2013 found sufficient evidence was presented to establish a link between Johnson Shower-to-Shower body powder and ovarian cancer developed by a 56-year-old woman who had used the product for decades. During the trial, Harvard University’s Daniel Cramer testified that he has been looking into the links between talc and ovarian cancer for 30 years, and suggested that talcum powder may cause 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer every year.

A Baby Powder class action lawsuit was filed in California in April 2015. It seeks to force Johnson & Johnson to properly warn consumers about the potential health risks, including a significantly increased risk of ovarian cancer. Plaintiffs in the class action allege the maker has known for decades about the risk of ovarian cancer, yet failed to properly warn women and the medical community.

Talcum Cancer case filed in Illinois

In February 2015, Judith Harlan of Illinois filed a case in Madison County Circuit Court. The claim was filed against the makers of Johnson’s Baby Powder, Talc America, Personal Care Products Council f/k/a/ Luzenac America Inc., and Walgreens – all involved in the manufacture, marketing or sale of Johnson’s baby powder.

According to the Harlan lawsuit, the plaintiff used Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene from 1964 until 2013, which the petition alleges resulted in her diagnosis with ovarian cancer.

Ms. Harlan accuses Johnson & Johnson of knowing that the talc in Johnson’s Baby Powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer when used near genitals, and alleges the company failed to properly warn women or the medical community.

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Anyone diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc for feminine hygiene is urged to call us for a free legal consultation. We are handling talcum powder ovarian cancer cases nationwide.


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