Talcum Powder and Cancer: What is the Connection?

Louisiana-Talcum Powder and CancerGrowing evidence indicates that thousands of women may be at risk for ovarian cancer due to their use of talcum powder products for feminine and personal hygiene. Despite studies linking talcum powder and cancer in the 1970s, Johnson & Johnson has allegedly failed to provide consumers with any warnings about this potential risk and continues to market and manufacturer baby powder products without an updated label reflecting the possible dangers. In 2013, a jury in South Dakota sided with a plaintiff in a talcum powder and cancer lawsuit, finding that the woman’s long-term use of a product manufactured by Johnson & Johnson likely contributed to her development of cancer.

It is likely that this talcum powder and cancer lawsuit verdict will encourage others who feel as though their cancer diagnoses, particularly ovarian cancer, were brought on by talc-based products to pursue similar claims against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of talcum products. Attorney Group for Louisiana can discuss talcum powder and cancer claims with those who believe they suffered due to the manufacturer’s alleged neglect. To learn more about your legal options, contact Attorney Group for Louisiana to determine whether you are eligible to seek compensation for your injuries.

Talcum Powder and Cancer Claims

Talc is a naturally-occurring substance that contains oxygen, silicon and magnesium. It is estimated that 40 percent of women use a baby powder or talcum powder product on a regular basis, often in the genital region due to its ability to prevent rashes and chafing by absorbing excess moisture. Johnson & Johnson is the leading manufacturer of talcum powder products and markets a variety of genital deodorant sprays, body powders and baby powders.

Studies have been published pointing to a relationship between talcum powder and cancer since the early 1970s. Most recently, physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women were 24 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer due to regular talcum powder use than those who did not use the product. The work was published in Cancer Prevention Research in June 2013 and consisted of an analysis of more than 8,500 women using talc-based products on their genitals and 9,800 women who did not.

Talcum Powder and Cancer Lawsuit

A South Dakota jury found in October 2013 that a plaintiff’s use of “Shower-to-Shower,” a product manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson, for more than three decades contributed to her ovarian cancer diagnosis. Although the plaintiff did not receive any damages from the talcum powder and cancer lawsuit verdict, the jury expressed hope that the manufacturer would publicly acknowledge the mounting studies linking ovarian cancer to talcum and body powders and would decide to update their products’ warning labels to reflect this risk.

Women in Louisiana who have used talcum powders may also be eligible to pursue a claim against Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturer if it can be determined that their ovarian cancer diagnoses resulted from long-term use of talc-based products, the most common of which may include:

  • Condoms
  • Tampons
  • Diaphragms
  • Feminine washes
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Body powders
  • Vaginal deodorants

Contact Attorney Group for Louisiana if You Have a Talcum Powder and Cancer Claim

If you or a woman you love has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after long-term use of talc-based products and powders, you may be eligible to work with an attorney in Louisiana and recover damages for your injuries. Attorney Group for Louisiana can review your case at no cost to you and help you determine if you have a claim. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Louisiana lawyer who can assist you in seeking the compensation to which you may be entitled.