Talcum body powder, commonly found in baby powder, has been medically linked to an increased risk in women for developing ovarian cancer. Women generally use talc-based powders on or near their genital area, sprinkle them on undergarments and sanitary pads. Baby powder is not only used externally by women, some put it on their diaphragms or use condoms coated with it, directly exposing their reproductive tracts to talc. As a baby powder, talc is used mainly to absorb moisture and to help prevent rashes.
Studies on talcum powder and its link to ovarian cancer date back to the early 1970s. In 1982 The New York Times published an article on the possible link between the two. Cancer Prevention Research published a study in 2013 that suggest the use of talcum powder in the genital area by women leads to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer, 20-30 percent higher.
There are multiple class-action lawsuits being filed against Johnson & Johnson based on claims that they knew there was a link between the use of talc based products and ovarian cancer, but failed to warn consumers. In a recent case Jurors found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy and they were ordered to pay a $72 million dollar settlement. Dobbs & Tittle has experience handling dangerous drug cases like this, and we are following this issue closely. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, we encourage you to contact us to find out more. Our consultations are confidential, provided free, and without obligation.
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