Studies Show Connection Between Talc Usage & Ovarian Cancer

If you are a woman who has used products containing talc for feminine hygiene, there are numerous studies that may be of interest to you. According to research, women who regularly use talcum powder, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder, on their genitals for more than seven years double their risk of developing ovarian cancer. And women who have used J&J Baby Powder consistently for more than 20 years triple their chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

In a recent case, Johnson & Johnson — makers of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower (note: Johnson & Johnson sold the Shower to Shower product in late 2012 to Valeant Pharmaceuticals) — was forced to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who passed away due to ovarian cancer after using the product for years. This is the first verdict if its kind, but thousands of other related cases are pending.

Talc is a fibrous mineral that manufacturers have known to be linked to ovarian cancer for more than 40 years. Despite this knowledge, Johnson & Johnson chose not to add warnings to their bottles of Baby Powder or Shower to Shower and continued to market their talc products to women for feminine hygiene use.

At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, our talc cancer lawyers have experience handling these types of cases.

It is our goal to protect women who have used products containing talc such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower. If you or someone you love used Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower and developed ovarian cancer, you may have the right to file a claim. Our firm can work to help determine if the talc use was the underlying cause and then seek compensation from the manufacturer. Call us today to learn more about these cases and to discuss your possible options.


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