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Study finds additional evidence of link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer

A 2013 study of more than 8,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer confirmed the link between such cancer and the prolonged use of talcum baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes.  The study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research in 2013, was in part a pooled analysis of eight prior population-based control studies.  The study examined 8,525 cases of ovarian cancer and compared them to nearly 10,000 women who had never been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. 

According to the results of the study, there was an association between the use of talcum baby powder and the development of various types of ovarian cancer.  Overall, the study found that women with a history of talcum powder use had a 20% to 30% greater risk of developing ovarian cancer than women without such history.  The risk varied depending on the specific type of ovarian tumor.

The study lends further support for the connection between the use of talcum powder and the development of ovarian cancer.  This connection was first noted in the early 1980s, but baby powder manufacturers have refused to provide warnings on their products of the risk of developing cancer.

In February 2016, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder, including Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. The lawsuit filed by Jacqueline Fox is one of more than 1,200 lawsuits filed by women who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum products.

Lawsuits Filed by Talcum Powder Users With Ovarian Cancer

If you or a loved one used Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower body powder, or other talcum powder products and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other companies who manufactured these products. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and years of experience with product liability litigation in order to successfully handle your case from start to finish.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed many product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other products. Our firm believes that when companies who manufacture products fail to ensure that they adhere to basic health and safety standards, these corporations should be held accountable for the harm caused by their products in a court of law.

The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have taken on some of the largest companies in the world in order to ensure that our clients achieve a fair result in their case. Our firm is dedicated to the belief that all consumers should have the right to experienced and qualified legal counsel to ensure that their interests are represented and that their rights are fully protected.

For more information about the health risks of talcum powder and to find out more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by visiting the free case evaluation form at the top of this page and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.

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