Talcum Powder Lawsuit Attorneys
Talc for genital hygeine has been linked to ovarian cancer for decades!
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to compensation!
You and your loved ones have been using these products for years assuming they were safe. Not only are they not safe, they are linked to a particularly deadly form of cancer in women—ovarian cancer. Finally, manufacturers are forced to face the decades of evidence establishing strong link between talc and ovarian cancer.
- On February 22, 2016 a jury awarded $72 million to the survivors of Jacqueline Fox, a woman who died of ovarian cancer linked to Johnson & Johnson talc powder products.
- On May 2, 2016, another jury awarded $55 million to Gloria Ristesund, a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc powders as a part of her routine hygiene for decades.
In 2004, a study published in the International Journal of Cancer found a 37% increase in the risk of ovarian cancer with genital talc use. This research confirmed prior studies and echoed the cautions of practitioners and cancer experts have had decades. The researchers concluded:
[U]sers should exercise prudence in reducing or eliminating use. In this instance, the precautionary principle should be invoked, especially given this is a serious form of cancer, usually associated with a poor prognosis, with no current effective screening tool, steady incidence rates during the last quarter century and no prospect for successful therapy. Unlike other forms of environmental exposures, talcum powder is easily avoidable.
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Do I have a claim?
You may have a claim for money damages if you or a loved one:
- Is a female 12-65 years old;
- Diagnosed with ovarian cancer or any other female cancer; and
- Used talc-based baby powder (such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower) for hygiene.
My doctors never told me or my family that talc powder could have caused my cancer, why should I bother to contact an attorney if I may not have a case?
- You have nothing to lose! We will evaluate your case for free! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you and your family have enough to worry about. Let our experienced attorneys and staff worry about whether you have a viable claim. While money cannot replace your health, undo your suffering and heartache, or prevent your future suffering, it can help ease the financial burden on you and your family.
- Basic Fairness. If a manufacturer harmed you by selling you a product and it knew its product could harm you, and it failed to warn you, the manufacturer should pay for the damage it caused. Talc manufacturers should have warned you of the risks so you could decide for yourself whether using the product is worth the risk to your These manufacturers robbed you of your autonomy and your power to decide what health risks you will take. Legal and business experts believe that the manufacturers did not place a warning label on its talc powder products because they predicted that if consumers knew the risks, fewer would purchase the product at all and others would purchase less of it. Manufacturers decided for you that the health risk to your body was worth it to them because they would get less of your money. Now, countless women are suffering with devastating, deadly cancer and know firsthand that it is not worth the risk.
- Help other women and their loved ones. Until recent multi-million jury verdicts against Johnson & Johnson for its egregious failure to warn consumers about the dangers of its product, these dangers were largely ignored. The media, the FDA, and talc manufacturers turned a blind eye to the studies showing the dangers of talc and the growing concerns of consumer groups and physicians. Johnson & Johnson is still selling its talc powder—with no warning. The recent verdicts have caught the attention of the media. The women who courageously fought back against Johnson & Johnson have brought public awareness to this critical health issue.
- Contact us today for a free case evaluation. Remember, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain. If we do not get money compensation for you, you owe us nothing! If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. All legal fees and costs will be paid out of the money we recover for you.
I had no idea that talcum powder—baby powder—could drastically increase my risk of deadly cancer. I have used it for years, just like my mother did before me and my grandmother did before her. It’s sold everywhere–grocery stores, big-box retailers, drug stores—even gas stations. I used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder on my babies! I am shocked that it could be dangerous that I did not know. How could this product be so dangerous? Who knew?
Concerns about the safety of talc powder have been growing for decades. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for the safety and security of many products, including food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics. Talcum powder is considered a “cosmetic” and falls under FDA regulation. Many consumers believe that the FDA aggressively monitors product safety and removes unsafe products from the market or forces manufacturers to either make their products safe or place a warning on the product. However, this is untrue and leaves consumers with a false sense of security. Cosmetic products, such as talcum powder, go on the market without FDA review or approval. Manufacturers have the legal duty for the safety of their products and their ingredients and for the labeling of their products and their ingredients. Cosmetics companies have no duty to provide safety information to the FDA.
According to the FDA, “Published scientific literature going back to the 1960s has suggested a possible association between the use of powders containing talc and the incidence of ovarian cancer.” Amid growing concerns over talc powder, coupled with the highly-publicized asbestos dangers, the FDA contracted with an outside lab to analyze cosmetic talc products for possible contamination with asbestos. The study ran from September 2009-2010 and found no asbestos contamination in any of the cosmetic talc products tested. Interestingly, both Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Body Powder were tested. The cancer link to talc-based body powders cannot be blamed on asbestos contamination.
- 1971-Ovarian and cervical tumors removed from cancer patients were analyzed: tumors removed from areas had talc particles “deeply embedded within the tumor tissue.”
- 1992-A scientific study published in Obstet Gynecol Journal entitled “Perineal exposure to talc and ovarian cancer risk” found that women who were exposed to talc in the genital region (perineal area) had an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Even indirect exposure, such as talc dusted on undergarments, sanitary napkins, or diaphragms, showed an elevated risk of ovarian cancer. The risk was “significantly” higher in women who applied talc “directly as a body powder.” The risk increased with as the length and frequency of use increased.
- 1997-A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, Perineal Powder Exposure and the Risk of Ovarian Cancer, found an elevated risk of ovarian cancer in women who used talc powder in the genital area. The conclusions of the study supported “prior epidemiologic studies, that powder exposure form perineal dusting contributes to the development of ovarian cancer.”
- 2003-meta-analysis study published in Anticancer Research confirmed previous studies, and found a 33% increase in risk of ovarian cancer with talcum powder.
- 2004-study published in the International Journal of Cancer found a 37% increase in the risk of ovarian cancer with genital talc use. The researchers cautioned:
“users should exercise prudence in reducing or eliminating use. In this instance, the precautionary principle should be invoked, especially given this is a serious form of cancer, usually associated with a poor prognosis, with no current effective screening tool, steady incidence rates during the last quarter century and no prospect for successful therapy. Unlike other forms of environmental exposures, talcum powder is easily avoidable.”
- 2008-Study published in Cancer Epidemiology again confirmed previous findings of an increased risk of ovarian cancer with genital talc use and the risk increases with increased use. The risk is highest with daily use.
- 2010-amid growing evidence of the link between perineal talc use and ovarian cancer, scientists validated prior findings and investigated potential causal mechanisms. The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and concluded: “Our results suggest that perineal talcum powder use increases the risk of endometrial cancer.” The authors theorize that the talc causes an inflammatory response in the ovarian tissue: “The inflammation hypothesis as a mechanism for the carcinogenic effects of talc is supported by recent evidence.”
- 2016-a study published in Epidemiology confirmed the association between genital talc use and ovarian cancers that the association may be stronger in African Americans. Researchers also confirmed previous studies finding a “dose-response,” essentially, the more a woman is exposed to talc, the greater her risk: “There have been dozens of case-control studies and several have, in fact, found a dose-response.
Is the jury still out?
No! Finally, some very brave women forced Johnson & Johnson to account for the dangers of its product and its steadfast refusal to warn women about the risks. On February 22, 2016 a jury awarded $72 million to the survivors of Jacqueline Fox, a woman who died of ovarian cancer.
Again, on May 2, 2016, another jury awarded $55 million to Gloria Ristesund, a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc powders as a part of her routine hygiene for decades, as it is a common practice for many women.
An estimated 1,200 similar lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson. Tragically, even this seemingly high number does not reflect the true number of women who have suffered this totally avoidable tragedy. Dr. Daniel Cramer, a leading expert on ovarian cancer and practicing gynecologist, has warned his patients for more than thirty years: Do not use talc for feminine hygiene. Dr. Cramer is also a renowned research scientist on ovarian cancer and he estimates that a staggering 10,000 women each year are diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by genital talc use.