Talcum powder, also called baby powder, has been medically linked to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. As a result of this link, talcum powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has become the subject of thousands of lawsuits claiming the company is responsible for giving women ovarian cancer through its high-selling baby powder products, Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products.
The mass action filings began one year after South Dakota resident Deane Berg won her lawsuit against J&J, proving the company failed to warn her that baby powder could increase her risk of developing ovarian cancer. The nation has now learned that consumers – primarily women – were not warned about the dangers of talc-based powders. Since this initial lawsuit, billions of dollars have been awarded to baby powder ovarian cancer victims, and thousands more women are seeking their day in court with J&J.
Women’s Use of Talcum Powder
The main component of J&J’s baby powder is a mineral called talc that has moisture wicking properties. Women commonly use talc-based powders on or near their private parts or sprinkle them on undergarments and sanitary pads to keep their groin areas comfortable and to avoid foul vaginal odors. Baby powder is not only used externally by women, but some put it on their diaphragms or use condoms coated with it, directly exposing their reproductive tracts to talc. J&J has heavily marketed its talc-containing baby powder for feminine hygiene for decades despite growing evidence it could cause cancer.
Medical Studies Linking Talc and Cancer
Studies on the causal link between the talc in baby powder and ovarian cancer date back to as early as 1971. In 1982, The New York Times wrote about the possible link between baby powder and ovarian cancer. The article suggests J&J was aware women might be up to three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer if they used talcum powder on or near their groin area.
A 2013 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests the use of talcum powder in the genital area by women leads to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. In that particular study, data on 2,000 women showed those who use talc body powder in their genital areas potentially have a 20-30 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who do not use talc powder.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Blizzard Law PLLC is handling lawsuits against talcum powder product manufacturers across the country. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, please contact us today.