Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., is pursuing legal claims on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene.
How Can Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
Talc is a silicate mineral. It is found in the earth alongside asbestos. It is one of the main ingredients in talcum powder products. However, talc may also cause cancer.
Many women use talcum powder near their genitals for feminine hygiene purposes. This use allows talc to migrate toward their cervix and ovaries. More than 40 years ago, researchers found talc fibers “deeply embedded” within ovarian and cervical cancer tumors.
In 2013, the Cancer Prevention Research Center found a 33 to 35 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer among women who used powders containing talc near their genitals.
In 2016, a study by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Harvard School of Public Health found an association between talc use and an “elevated risk” of ovarian cancer.
If doctors catch it soon enough, ovarian cancer can be effectively treated. However, the disease is difficult to diagnose when it is in its early stages.
Nearly 21,000 women receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis every year. About 14,200 of those women, or 67 percent, die from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Is Your Ovarian Cancer Linked to Talcum Powder Use?
Not all baby and body powder products contain talc. Some products contain corn starch, a safe alternative to talc. The primary talcum powder products at the center of litigation are:
- Johnson’s Baby Powder (made by Johnson & Johnson)
- Shower to Shower (Valeant Pharmaceuticals)
- Baby Magic Baby Powder (Naterra International Inc.).
If you or a loved one received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for feminine hygiene, you may be able to pursue a product liability claim against Johnson & Johnson or the maker of the powder you regularly used.
You should have at least a five-year history of regularly using talcum powder on or around your genitals. Also, a biopsy of your ovarian tissue would need to test positive for traces of talc.
Additionally, you would need to establish that you do not have a genetic disorder of the BRCA 1 gene or BRCA 2 gene. Those genes may pre-dispose women to ovarian cancer.
How Can a Lawsuit Hold a Talcum Powder Manufacturer Liable?
A lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or another talcum powder product manufacturer would rest upon the manufacturer’s “duty to warn.”
In general, a manufacturer has a legal obligation to warn purchasers of its product about any known dangers that might be encountered by using it. A manufacturer who fails to provide an adequate warning about known risks associated with intended and reasonably foreseeable uses of a product may be liable for any harm the product causes consumers.
Studies published as early as 1971 identified potential dangers of talc and talcum powder. Numerous studies over the years reaffirmed those findings.
Evidence gathered for existing talc-related ovarian cancer lawsuits shows that Johnson & Johnson officials ignored their own information about the dangers of talcum powder. Meanwhile, baby and body powder manufacturers actively marketed their products to women with no warnings about the risk of use in the genital area.
Get Help from a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawyer
Thousands of women with ovarian cancer or their survivors have come forward about their talcum powder use. If you or a loved one suffers from ovarian cancer caused by use of talcum powder, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.
Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., has successfully pursued product liability cases and other personal injury claims for more than 30 years and recovered more than $400 million on behalf of our clients. We have led numerous class action and mass tort cases.
We can provide a free review of your case today. We will charge no costs or fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.
Contact us today to learn more and discuss your case.
More Information About Talcum Powder
- Talc and Carcinoma of the Ovary and Cervix, BJOG, an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Genital Powder Use and Risk of Ovarian Cancer: A Pooled Analysis of 8,525 Cases and 9,859 Controls, American Association of Cancer Research
- The Association Between Talc Use and Ovarian Cancer, Epidemiology
- Ovarian Cancer Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Lawsuits Over Baby Powder Raise Questions About Cancer Risk, The New York Times
- The Talcum Powder Lawsuit — The Truth, The Lies, and The Cancer Victims, The Huffington Post