Use of Talcum Powder

Talc is made up mostly of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, which, when ground into a powder form, can absorb moisture.  For decades, talcum powder has been widely used to help keep skin dry and to prevent irritation and rashes.  But when used on or near the female genitals, particles can travel into the ovaries and remain there for years, causing inflammation and leading to the growth of cancer cells.

The known link between Johnson & Johnson’s products containing talcum powder and ovarian cancer is not new.  It dates back to the early 1970s when studies of ovarian cancer patients showed particles of talc in their ovarian tissue.

In fact, a study by a Harvard doctor estimates that talc in hygiene products may be a contributing factor in the development of ovarian cancer in as many as 10,000 women each year.

Despite the scientific evidence, talcum powder continued to be sold by Johnson & Johnson, unregulated and without any warning from the manufacturer.

Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 1,200 lawsuits alleging its products have led to ovarian cancer.

In 2016, three separate Missouri juries weighed in clearly and strongly on the matter.

In February 2016, one jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a 62-year-old Alabama woman who died last year of ovarian cancer allegedly caused by years of using the company’s talc-based products.  In May, 2016, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who alleged she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s powders on her genital area for decades.  And in October 2016, a jury awarded $70 million to a woman who suffers from stage 4 ovarian cancer and had had her spleen, ovaries, uterus, parts of her stomach, and colon removed.

On behalf of its individual clients, Flager & Associates has recovered more than $200 Million in all types of personal injury lawsuits.

If you or a loved one has:

  • been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any stage
  • used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder on genital areas or on sanitary napkins or diaphragms for an extended time
  • used Shower to Shower on genital areas or on sanitary napkins or diaphragms for an extended time

then you should contact one of our experienced attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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