Ohio Toxic Tort Lawyer: Talcum Powder Cancer Claims

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 risk when using the powder in available personal hygiene products. 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.

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 cases. 

What is Talcum powder?

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.”

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.”

Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

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.

Recent Legal Action

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 association between talcum and cancer, 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.

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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 these critical questions.