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By Jim Adler March 7, 2016

Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Dangers

Thanks to ovarian cancer lawsuits, American women who have unsuspectingly used talcum powder for personal hygiene for decades are learning of ovarian cancer dangers as a result — dangers which can prove fatal.

Victims and their families may be legally entitled to talcum powder cancer lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, which has marketed it Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products to women for years, despite knowing they could lead to ovarian cancer.

If you or a loved one was harmed by using talcum powder or Baby Powder and then suffering ovarian cancer, alert our law firm at once for a free legal review of your case. You may be legally entitled to payments for your losses via a talcum powder lawsuit.

Risks of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is an especially dangerous cancer. Though ovarian cancer accounts for just 3 per cent of cancers among women, it leads to more fatalities than any other cancer of women’s reproductive systems, according to the American Cancer Society.

It’s also especially dangerous since ovarian cancer is not particularly symptomatic. Victims often don’t have any symptoms to alert them that they suffer ovarian cancer, and when it’s finally diagnosed, it may be too late to wage effective treatments.


By that time, ovarian cancer can spread through the body to the abdomen, pelvis and elsewhere, which renders it even more difficult to attack with treatments, which can involve chemotherapy or surgery.

However, ovarian cancer can be detected early, and some symptoms or warning signs of ovarian cancer do exist. These include abnormal bleeding in the vagina; bloating; continuing cramps or pain in the back or stomach; and nausea. Women who experience such symptoms should see their physician immediately.

Surgery for Ovarian Cancer

Surgery for ovarian cancer can involve several options:

  • Omentectomy, a surgery which removes fatty tissues attached to some organs in the stomach area in order to determine if ovarian cancer has spread.
  • Total hysterectomy, a surgery to remove the cervix and the uterus.
  • Lymph node biopsy, a surgery to remove lymph nodes near the ovaries and examine them for possible cancer calls.
  • Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, a surgery to extract both fallopian tubes and both ovaries.
  • Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, a surgery to remove one fallopian tube and one ovary.

Women who have early stage ovarian cancer may not need such surgeries.

Johnson & Johnson’s Negligence

Potentially thousands of women are suffering ovarian cancer — and many of them are dying —

after using products such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower on their genitals to combat moisture, odor and chafing.

Johnson & Johnson has long promoted its talcum powder products for use in this way, despite knowing for years of a connection between such usage and ovarian cancer. The problem is that the talc rock mined to make talcum powder has minerals which can travel through a woman’s reproductive tract and accumulate and become embedded in the ovaries, becoming toxic and carcinogenic.

Johnson & Johnson has been found in court to have shown negligence in allowing this to happen, and negligence in doing so without warning consumers of the risks involved. Such negligence can be the basis of a Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder lawsuit.

Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Verdicts

Already, women are winning in America’s courts, where they have challenged Johnson & Johnson and received jury verdicts in their favor.


One such talcum powder cancer verdict came in South Dakota in 2013, when Deane Berg sued Johnson & Johnson and talc mining company Luzenac America and its parent company, known as Rio Tinto Materials, after she suffered ovarian cancer from using talcum powder for personal hygiene for many years.  A jury determined that the defendants were negligent and ruled in Berg’s favor.

In the trial, three physicians stated that the talc particles which became embedded in her ovaries caused her ovarian cancer. That occurred after she’d applied Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products on her body for 30 years, or an estimated 8,000 times.

Get an Ovarian Cancer Lawyer

Other victims can get an ovarian cancer lawyer to champion their cause, and they can start by contacting Jim Adler & Associates for a free legal review of their case. This private, confidential review will come with no obligations and, again, at no cost.

Contact Jim Adler & Associates today, and let us help.

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