Consumers who used baby powder or other talcum powder hygiene products may be at risk of developing cancer, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed across the country by consumers who were diagnosed with cancer after using talcum products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and other companies.
Talcum powder is manufactured using talc, a naturally occurring mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. Talc is commonly used in the manufacture of a number of common commercial products, including plastics, ceramics, paint, paper, rubber, and pharmaceutical products.
Talcum powder has also been widely used in commercial hygiene products for decades in order to help absorb moisture or for other uses. Some of the most commonly sold talcum powder and baby powder products may include:
- Borotalco Talcum Powder
- Caldesene Protecting Powder
- Cashmere Bouquet
- Estee Lauder Body Powder
- Gold Bond Body Powder
- Johnson’s Baby Powder
- King Talc Powder
- Maja Talcum Powder
- Nivea Talcum Powder
- Pinaud Clubman Finest Talc
- Shower to Shower
- Summer’s Eve Body Powder
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
For many women, using feminine hygiene products containing talcum powder has been a normal part of their daily routine for years. However, studies have raised questions about the use of talcum baby powder products after researchers found they could increase a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Hundreds of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, or other talcum products have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other hygiene product manufacturers. These lawsuits have alleged that Johnson & Johnson and other companies have known for years about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer but continued to market these products and failed to warn the public about the risks.
Talcum powder may cause ovarian cancer by producing inflammation of the ovaries. Small amounts of talcum powder can travel into the vagina, the uterus, and the fallopian tubes to the ovary, leading to inflammation. In some cases, this inflammation can lead to ovarian cancer. Some scientists estimate that as many as 10% of all ovarian cancer deaths in the U.S. are caused by exposure to talcum powder.
Documents uncovered in lawsuits filed by ovarian cancer victims have shown that Johnson & Johnson and other talcum products manufacturers have known for years about the health risks of these products. In a 1997 memo, a Johnson & Johnson consultant suggested that anyone who denied the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer would eventually be perceived the same way as those who denied the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
Talcum Powder and Mesothelioma
The use of talcum powder products may also increase the risk of developing mesothelioma—a deadly form of cancer affecting the lining of the heart, lungs, or stomach. Mesothelioma is an extremely deadly type of cancer. This disease is almost always fatal, usually within five years or less. Many mesothelioma patients lose their lives to the disease just months after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
For many years, talcum powder products commonly contained asbestos—a naturally occurring mineral that is linked to an increased risk of mesothelioma cancer. Until federal law prohibited the sale of talcum powder products containing asbestos in 1973, many of these products were manufactured using talc that was mined from locations that also contained asbestos. Although some manufacturers complied with federal law, some manufacturers allegedly continued to sell talcum products containing asbestos until the 1980s.
Lawsuits Filed for Ovarian Cancer Caused by Talcum Powder
Consumers who used talcum baby powder products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson or other companies and who were diagnosed with cancers such as mesothelioma or ovarian cancer may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their injuries. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed across the U.S. by consumers who were diagnosed with cancer after using talcum powder products.
In February 2016, an Alabama woman was awarded a $72 million verdict in a lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. The verdict was the first in the nation out of more than 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson filed by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
In April 2013, a California woman was also awarded a $13 million verdict in a lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive. The lawsuit alleged that the woman was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer after using the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, which was contaminated with asbestos fibers for years. In addition to lawsuits filed by consumers who were diagnosed with mesothelioma after using talcum powder products, lawsuits have also been filed on behalf of workers and their family members who were diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos-laden talc in the workplace.
Product Liability Lawsuits Filed By HO&P
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or other diseases after using talcum baby powder products, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the companies that manufactured these products. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the experience in product liability and personal injury litigation to achieve the best possible result in your case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed hundreds of lawsuits involving personal injury or product liability matters on behalf of our clients. Our lawyers have achieved verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients totaling more than $200 million. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our attorneys believe that when corporations fail to ensure that their products meet basic health and safety standards, they should be held accountable in a court of law for the damage caused by their products. Our law firm is dedicated to the belief that all patients should have the right to experienced and qualified legal counsel to ensure that their legal rights are fully protected.
For a free legal consultation and to find out more about whether you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.