The use of talcum powder and baby powder products for feminine hygiene has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Hundreds of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder have filed lawsuits alleging that the manufacturers of these products concealed the health risks of talcum from consumers and health officials.
When talcum powder is used to prevent moisture in the vaginal area, talc particles can travel through the Fallopian tubes to the ovaries. Over time, these talc particles can cause irritation that may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Each year, millions of women use baby powder and body powder products made with talc for feminine hygiene purposes. As a result, experts estimate that hundreds of women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder annually.
According to some estimates, about 10% of all ovarian cancer cases in the U.S. are caused by exposure to talcum powder. With about 21,000 new ovarian cancer cases and 14,000 deaths from the disease occurring in the U.S. each year, this means that talcum powder is linked to an estimated 2,100 new cases of ovarian cancer and 1,400 deaths every single year.
About 1,200 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson—the manufacturer of Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talcum powder products—have been filed by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. These lawsuits include about 1,000 cases filed in Missouri state and federal courts, and an additional 200 lawsuits filed in New Jersey.
These talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson accuse the company of hiding information about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer from the public, even though the company has known about these health risks for decades. According to documents uncovered during a recent lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson knew about the potential health risks of talcum powder since the 1970s. But despite this knowledge, the company failed to issue a warning about the risks of using talcum powder for feminine hygiene and failed to use safer alternatives to talcum powder (such as corn starch) in its baby powder and body powder products.
In February 2016, a jury awarded a $72 million verdict to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer linked to her use of Shower to Shower, Johnson’s Baby Powder, and other talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson. A pathologist who examined the woman before her death found talc in her ovaries from baby powder products she used for feminine hygiene. These talcum powder particles caused irritation that eventually caused her to develop ovarian cancer.
Evidence uncovered during the trial showed that Johnson & Johnson had known for decades about the risks of ovarian cancer caused by the use talcum powder. One medical consultant hired by Johnson & Johnson told the company that it would be as hard to deny the link between talcum baby powder and ovarian cancer as it is to deny the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
If you or a loved one used talcum baby powder for feminine hygiene and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these products. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney to determine whether you may qualify to file a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have helped hundreds of women who have been injured by defective commercial products, dangerous drugs and medical devices, medical malpractice, and other causes. Among other things, our firm has represented women injured by the diet drug fen phen, by Yasmin birth control pills, by transvaginal surgical mesh products, by fentanyl pain patches and by other drugs and medical devices. Our firm has filed lawsuits against some of the world’s largest corporations, and has achieved verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients totaling more than $200 million.
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that when manufacturers of talcum powder and other commercial goods fail to ensure that their products meet basic health and safety standards, they should be held accountable in a court of law for the injuries and illnesses caused by their products. Our attorneys have dedicated their careers to the belief that all consumers who have been harmed by negligence or other wrongful actions should have the right to experienced, qualified legal counsel to ensure that their rights are fully protected.
For more information about filing an ovarian cancer lawsuit against talcum baby powder manufacturers and to find out whether you may qualify to file a case, 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 our free case evaluation form at the top of this page and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.