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Long-Term Use of Talcum Powder Linked to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

For decades, scientists and medical professionals have warned that long-term use of talcum powder on the genital area may significantly increase a woman’s chance of developing ovarian cancer. Talcum powder used in common household products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder® and Shower to Shower® may pose a serious health risk to thousands of women.

Court documents show that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer as early as 1992. However, the company chose not to add warning labels to their Johnson’s Baby Powder® and Shower to Shower® products. Johnson & Johnson has marketed talcum powder as a safe and effective feminine hygiene product since the early 1900s, and products like Johnson’s Baby Powder® helped J&J launch a baby products division that is currently valued at nearly $2 billion.

By failing to warn women about the link between talc and ovarian cancer, J&J put corporate profits above the safety of their customers. In 2016, two landmark verdicts have found that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn women about the serious potential health risks associated with their talcum powder products:

  • February of 2016 – A jury in St. Louis ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the estate of a women who died of ovarian cancer caused by regular talc use.
  • May of 2016 – A second jury in St. Louis also awarded $55 million in damages to a South Dakota woman that was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.

Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers about the potential health risks of using their products, and now thousands of women are coming forward to seek damages. Over 1,200 lawsuits are now pending against Johnson & Johnson, brought by women that were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after regular talcum powder use.

If you or a loved one regularly used Johnson’s Baby Powder® or Shower to Shower® for feminine hygiene purposes and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be eligible to file a claim against J&J. Call Daggett Shuler today at 336-724-1234 for a FREE, confidential consultation.

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