In May 2016, a Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a South Dakota ovarian cancer survivor $55 million in damages. A few months earlier, another Missouri jury awarded $72 million to the survivors of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer. There are hundreds of similar lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson pending across the country.

The allegations are that Johnson & Johnson, knowing that women who used talcum powder in their genital area had a greater risk of contracting ovarian cancer than other women, failed to issue any warning. Johnson & Johnson claims scientific studies linking talc to ovarian cancer are flawed and unreliable. The company plans on appealing the judgments in the two current cases that have gone to trial.

Many scientific authorities disagree with the talcum powder manufacturing company. Of course, no studies can ethically be conducted on groups of women to see if those who use talcum powder in their genital area are more likely to contract ovarian cancer. But, there is strong anecdotal evidence that connects the use of talcum powder to ovarian cancer.

What You Should Know About Talcum Powder Cancer Claims

Despite Johnson & Johnson’s spokesperson who claims that 30 years of research shows the use of the talcum products are safe, there are reasons to believe that this does not hold true.

  • Talc is a natural mineral mined near areas where asbestos, a known carcinogen, is also mined.
  • In 1982, a Harvard professor studied 215 women who had ovarian cancer. Those who used talcum powder between their legs were twice as likely to have ovarian cancer. Women who reported regular use of talcum powder in their genital area and on their sanitary pads were three times more likely to have ovarian cancer.
  • Out of 20,000 women studied, those who regularly used talcum powder had a 24 percent increase in the rate of contracting ovarian cancer.

The mechanism of how it works is not clear. Researchers believe the talc particles move up the genitourinary tract and imbed in the ovaries. The particles may cause inflammation and inflammation is thought to play an important role in the development of ovarian cancer.

You will not see a warning on containers of talcum powder. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided the evidence is not definitive, so it does not require Johnson & Johnson to place a warning on its products.

If you have ovarian cancer, or are a family member of someone who died with ovarian cancer, contact a personal injury lawyer. Charlotte, North Carolina residents have come to trust Campbell & Associates, personal injury lawyers. We provide a free consultation and case evaluation.

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