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Talcum Powder Lawsuit Alleges Ovarian Cancer Risk


Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $72 million in damages in a talcum powder lawsuit that alleged a link between talcum powder and cancer. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk of ovarian cancer linked to talc but failed to warn consumers about those risks. Johnson & Johnson reportedly faces 1,000 talcum powder lawsuits in state and federal courts, some of which are scheduled for court later in 2016.

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Talcum Powder Allegations

jjbabypowderTalc is a mineral often used to absorb moisture in cosmetic products. Since the 1970s, studies have suggested that talc could be linked to ovarian cancer, according to the lawsuit. Lawyers argued that Johnson & Johnson knew of those studies but put profits ahead of human life by continuing to market their talc products for feminine hygiene use.

According to the American Cancer Society, whether or not asbestos-free talcum powder causes cancer is not clear. Although many case-control studies have reportedly found a small increased risk of cancer, those studies rely on a person's memory to record talc use. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies the perineal (genital) use of talc-based powder as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

Talcum Powder Damages

In their lawsuit (Hogans et al v. Johnson & Johnson, case number 1422-CC09012-01), the family of Jackie Fox alleged Fox's death from ovarian cancer in 2015 was at least partially caused by her use of Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder. In a deposition made before she died, Fox said she used talc powder every morning until her cancer diagnosis. The family argued Johnson & Johnson was aware of the potential link between talc and ovarian cancer but continued to market the product and did not properly warn consumers that they were at increased risk of ovarian cancer.

A jury agreed with Fox's family and awarded them $72 million in damages. Of those, $10 million were awarded in actual damages and $62 million were awarded in punitive damages. This was reportedly the first lawsuit concerning talc and ovarian cancer to go to trial.

Johnson & Johnson has said studies have shown talc is a safe cosmetic ingredient.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Bloomberg Business reports that there are more than 1,000 talcum powder lawsuits filed in state and federal courts in Missouri against Johnson & Johnson and another 200 filed in New Jersey. More trials are scheduled for later in 2016.

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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
Sherron Thompson
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I was born in 1960. Brought up on Johnson & Johnson from and child up. Then switch over to Shower to Shower. Reading all these comments of all these women died of ovarian cancer! Mental anguish! I had a ovary removed back in the late 90's than had a partial hysterectomy. All this time I am using this product. I wasn't told tha I had cancer. But to they still sale this product! It's crazy. I have three daughters when they were baby I used this on them. ( Omg). Very Mental anguish!

Posted by
Mississippi
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My dear mother died from Ovarian cancer in 1993. She was an avid user of J&J Baby and Shower to Shower. Actually, I still used it until recently cause of her introduction of it to us as kids.

Posted by
Lynda Domina
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I had a high grade cancer in my bladder removed in 2013. I have to be checked several times a year. The urologist said I am at risk of the cancer returning. Could this be caused by the fact I used talcum powder?

Posted by
Andrea
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My mother died.in1973 from ovarian cancer and.was.a.faithful user.of.talc.products such as baby powder and shower to shower. My sister and I never.liked it so didn't use it and so far.okay. too bad there is a statute of.limitations

Posted by
Nate
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I read a lot of information about the link to talc powder & ovarian cancer.
I read of many research studies that have been done dating back to the 60's.
How can we put a stop to being used as corporate test subjects while being profited from?

Posted by
Chavivah Witness
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Our entire family used this for used. neck, back, underarm, chest, inner thoughts, buttocks, shoes, and feet. My God my mother had cancer and died.

Posted by
Ann Burgan
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My sister used Johnson & Johnson regularly. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999. Four years later, she passed away at age 43.....Why are they only interested in women diagnosed after 2000?

Posted by
Amanda Davis
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I have used Johnson and Johnson, Shower to Shower also. I was raised by my grandparents and was taught to use this after bathing. As a normal person would, I continued to use personally daily for a long time. I'm not sure if Cervical Cancer is linked or caused by this as well. But I was diagnosed in April 2012. Cancer had spreaded from my cervix to my Colon and Bladder, which they removed. Total Hyst and Pelvic Exuneration. My life changed completely.

Posted by
Vicki
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My sister used Johnsons baby powder for year's & developed cervical cancer in 2003 & had a partial hysterectomy. Does anyone know if they are doing claims for this type of cancer yet ? Thanks.

Posted by
New York
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My daughter died of ovarian cancer at the age of 34. She left behind two small children, ages 3 and 7. When she was a baby I used Johnson & Johnson baby powder in her diaper all the time. As an adult she continued to use it. She died on June 3, 2000.

Posted by
Virginia
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I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2000. It required me having a hysterectomy. Since the surgery in Oct 2000, I have had bowel obstruction and was hospitalized twice. I had been using baby powder and Avon talc for years since childhood. I had no idea what caused the cancerous cells and the doctors suggested to have it removed. I did that. So if this study has just been found, now why is there a statute of limitations?

Posted by
Ontario
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I use baby powder and used to use Shower to Shower regularly and had cervical cancer 4 years ago. I'm just looking for some info. My doctors said there was no STD that caused it and I was too young, but no answer on what caused it.

Posted by
Massachusetts
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My mother used Shalimar Talc every day after her shower over her whole body for over 30 years. When she died of ovarian cancer on January 29, 2014, she had 2 bottles partially used in the bathroom. She was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer on Nov. 10, 2011. She passed away January 29, 2014 from ovarian cancer.

Posted by
New Jersey
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I have cancer now. This is the second time that I have had it. I have used baby powder all my life growing up.

Posted by
North Carolina
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Developed ovarian cancer back in 2000. Had to have partial hysterectomy due to this. Please help.

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