It’s true: American women can suffer cancer from using talcum powder on their bodies. But they’re fighting back — and winning. In February of 2016, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to survivors of a woman whose death was linked to prolonged use of J&J’s Shower to Shower or Baby Powder products.
The jury found that victim Jacqueline Fox of Alabama died from ovarian cancer caused by sustained and lengthy application of Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. Jurors found Johnson & Johnson to be liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy in making, marketing and selling the defective products to unsuspecting women.
And that wasn’t the first talcum powder cancer lawsuit. The initial Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuit was won in 2013 in a federal court in South Dakota. Its plaintiff, Deane Berg, had suffered ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for her personal hygiene for over three decades.
The jury found that Johnson & Johnson should have warned consumers about such risks. That decision came after the company’s attorney admitted its executives were cognizant for years of a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer but did not consider the danger significant enough to warn consumers or to take other action.
Ovarian cancer as a talcum powder side effect can occur when women apply Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower to their genital areas to absorb moisture, decrease odors and offer comfort. Unlike babies, women may use such talcum powder for decades, and the prolonged exposure can cause an accumulation of talc particles in their ovaries, leading to cancer.
This cancer can happen due to the powder’s ingredients: minerals such as silicon and magnesium which are found in talc rocks excavated by mining. The rocks are crunched into fine powder, known as talcum powder, which is used in Shower to Shower and Baby Powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson.
Sustained use of such powder means women can get accumulated doses of talc particles in their ovaries, with potentially toxic effects. After application on sanitary napkins or directly onto the genitals, talc can travel via the vagina, cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries, and then become embedded there.
Even before the first ovarian cancer lawsuit, such groups as Gilda’s Club, named after comedienne Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer, have stressed a cause-and-effect link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer, citing various talcum powder studies.
As a matter of fact, as far back as 1971 researchers and scientists found a link between women putting talcum powder on their genital areas and subsequent ovarian cancer.
Over the years such links have been reported more and more. In 1982, a New York Times article noted a possible connection between using talc and suffering ovarian cancer. The Times indicated J&J might have been aware that women had a three times or more likelihood of getting ovarian cancer if they used talcum powder in their genital area.
Now it is widely believed if not known that Johnson & Johnson knew of this cancer connection for years. Yet the pharmaceutical giant kept marketing its talcum powder products for feminine hygiene, with slogans such as “A sprinkle a day helps keep odor away.”
Why market to women? There are millions more women of various ages than there are babies in infancy. A bigger market allows bigger sales and bigger profits. So Johnson & Johnson has pushed Baby Powder for women to use on themselves.
That’s happened despite mounting evidence against using talc for women’s personal hygiene. Such evidence includes analyses of 16 research papers published by Anticancer Research — analyses which showed that the danger of ovarian cancer increased by more than 25 per cent for women using talcum powder on their genitals.
Still more talcum powder research published in Cancer Prevention Research in 2013 revealed a comparable heightened danger of 20 to 30 per cent for women using talc products on their genitals.
Johnson & Johnson denies such evidence, maintaining that its talc products are not defective, and claiming that cosmetic talc is safe according to years of research. With such a stance, Johnson & Johnson has yet to provide a cancer warning or a cancer alert to consumers in the 45 years since talcum powder research first showed a link to ovarian cancer.
That failure to warn consumers continues today, even as cancer lawsuits prevail.
Keep in mind, this company which denies wrongdoing is the same company which also lost a recent multi-million dollar lawsuit for injuries caused by its vaginal mesh implant. Johnson & Johnson also has been known for product recalls involving defective hip implants, Tylenol, prescription drugs and contact lenses.
Victims of talcum powder ovarian cancer have legal options. These include notifying an injury lawyer with our law firm to assess their prospects for a successful ovarian cancer lawsuit.
Such a legal action can claim payments for victims’ losses, including but not limited to medical and hospital costs, loss of present and future wages, and pain and suffering.
These injury losses would not have happened if talcum powder side effects had not elevated a woman’s danger of getting ovarian cancer.
Our law firm can help you fight back if you or a loved one has suffered ovarian cancer after long use of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products for personal hygiene. Your cancer lawsuit can target Johnson & Johnson or subsidiary Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies.
While two class-action lawsuits involving groups of victims began in 2014, our law firm can provide an individual lawsuit for you, in order to claim payments to you for ovarian cancer damages.
Please contact us today for a private, confidential and cost-free legal review of your case — a review with no obligations. Then you can decide how to proceed. But know this: Jim Adler & Associates stands ready to help, which may mean filing a talcum powder lawsuit on your behalf.