Cincinnati, Ohio Toxic Tort Lawyer and Product Liability Attorney reviewing Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Claims and baby powder cancer settlements for plaintiffs nationwide

For many years there have been suspicions in the medical industry that talcum powder is linked to cancer in the reproductive system. The link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder was originally discovered in 1971 in a study that revealed talc particles in the ovarian tissue of cancer patients.

This was the first time medical professionals realized women were at a severe health risk when using the powder in personal hygiene products on the market. Since then, lawsuits have piled up against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the most popular talcum baby powder product.

A St. Louis jury recently found that the link is clear enough that manufacturers of talc products, including Johnson & Johnson, should have taken action to warn consumers and awarded the Plaintiff $10 Million dollars in compensatory damages.

Consumers that develop ovarian cancer after many years of talcum powder use may have viable claims against Johnson & Johnson and other companies who knowingly sold dangerous and toxic products.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury Lawyer and Ohio product liability attorney who has successfully represented individuals throughout the United States in complex toxic exposure, negligence and liability talcum powder ovarian cancer cases. 

The Lyon Firm has experience engaging some of America’s largest corporations in personal injury and toxic exposure cases. Call now for a free consultation, and to discuss your legal options. 

Is Talcum Powder Dangerous?

The short answer is, yes. But medical experts have time and again reviewed patient data that has linked ovarian cancer to the use of talcum products in the genital region. As a result, Johnson & Johnson is under criminal investigation for charges related to withholding information from consumers for may years.

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral primarily composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture, helping keep skin dry and preventing rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body powders.

Some talc, in its natural form, contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classifies talc that contains asbestos as “carcinogenic to humans.” There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, according to health and safety experts.

Even though this type of talc is not used in modern consumer products, questions remain about the exposure to talcum in any form. Based on evidence from human studies, the IARC classifies the genital use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Cancer rates and lawsuits suggest the risk is more than possible.

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Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Risk

Since J&J marketed their talc and baby powder products as safe for daily use many years ago, thousands of Americans have had baby powder on their shelf. But as it turns out, the simple product may have increased cancer risks.

Talc powder applied to the genital area can enter the vagina and travel deeper into the reproductive organs, possibly causing ovarian cancer. There is further evidence that particles of talc can travel through the vagina and into Fallopian tubes, thus increasing a women’s risk for developing ovarian cancer.

Many case-control studies have found an increase in risk, and research in this area is a continuing effort. The American Cancer Society is currently evaluating the risks of substances based on evidence from laboratory, animal, and human research studies from international organizations.

Baby Powder lawsuits have also included plaintiffs with lung cancer and mesothelioma, due to the constant exposure to the asbestos toxins. Thousands of plaintiffs are waiting for settlements, and thousands more cancer cases may be filed.

Ohio Talc Cancer Lawsuits

Recent ovarian cancer settlements suggest many more talc cases will be settled in the coming months and years. Since talcum powder use is still very common, there may be many new cases and new cancer diagnoses. Plaintiffs are encouraged to come forward and force Johnson & Johnson to produce safe consumer products.

In February 2016, a patient with ovarian cancer won a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in a Missouri state court.  The jury found that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of the link between the use of their talc powders and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The jury ordered the company to pay $72 million in damages.

A leading expert in talcum-related cancer research, Dr. Daniel Cramer, of the Harvard Cancer Center, testified and suggested talc has been the cause of a number of ovarian cancers throughout the years.

A lawyer representing the company admitted executives were aware of the  talcum powder ovarian cancer association, but did not think the risk significant enough to include a warning label on their products.  The company has kept its product on the market without a warning for nearly half a century. The jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for negligence, conspiracy and fraud.

Since the first legal claim with Johnson & Johnson in 2013, attorneys have been reviewing claims of women who have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder in the past. Thousands of claims have been made thus far.

Cincinnati Talcum Powder Attorney

If you have been diagnosed with cancer after many years of baby powder use, you may have a valuable claim against Johnson & Johnson or another talc product manufacturer. The Lyon Firm specializes in toxic exposure lawsuits and product safety cases, and seeks the maximum compensation for injured plaintiffs.

Toxic Exposure lawsuits not only recover rightful settlements for consumers but also protect America from the negligent actions of corporations that may have their own interests in mind instead of keeping the world safe.

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If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer due to the genital use of talcum powder and have questions about the root cause and the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403.  You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits.