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January 09, 2017

Is There A Link Between Talcum Powder and Cancer?


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There have been lengthy discussions, especially in the media, about whether there is a link between talcum powder and cancer. While Johnson & Johnson claim talcum powder is entirely safe, there is research to suggest it is harmful, especially when used as part of feminine hygiene.

What is talcum powder?

Talcum powder is based from talc, which is a mineral used to help keep skin dry and soft. It is regularly used as part of feminine hygiene and for looking after babies.

Lawsuits claim J&J baby powder is to blame for ovarian cancer

Johnson and Johnson's baby powder and Shower to Shower talcum products have been blamed for causing ovarian cancer. There have been successful cases and juries have agreed there is significant evidence that J&J's baby powder was responsible for causing cancer.

In the case of Jacqueline Fox, Fox died from ovarian cancer and her attorney argued she had been using talcum powder for over thirty years. Her family were awarded $10 million in damages and $62 million in punitive damages. 

There have been other successful cases against J&J, and the pharmaceutical company continues to claim their talcum powder is safe. 

Is there a link between cancer and baby powder?

Studies claim that when talcum powder is used on the perineal area or sprinkled on underwear there is a risk the particles will travel and aggravate the ovaries. It is claimed that once the particles reach the ovaries, they don't break down but instead cause inflammation which can cause ovarian cancer.

In a 1971 study, there were talcum particles found within the tumors of women suffering from ovarian cancer, these were women who had used talcum powder as part of their feminine hygiene routine for a prolonged number of years.

This was one of the first studies to appear and this suggested a strong link between talcum powder and cancer

The findings in a 1982 study claimed there was some evidence to suggest there is "an association between talc and ovarian cancer".

There have been other studies suggesting there is not a significant link between talc and cancer. But some of these studies have been carried out by Johnson and Johnson's researchers which makes the data biased in their favor. 

As talcum powder particles have been found inside the tumors of women suffering from ovarian cancer, there is strong and persuasive evidence that there is a link between talcum powder and cancer.

Have you been negatively affected by talcum powder? If you think your ovarian cancer has been caused by J&J's talc products, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit

From the evidence, we believe there is a link between talcum powder and cancer AND there is strong evidence to suggest Johnson and Johnson were aware of the risks but they decided to ignore them. They have acted negligently and should be held responsible.

Hundreds of women believe their ovarian cancer has been caused by talc and they've filed lawsuits. You could file a talcum powder lawsuit too, if your case meets the criteria.

To find out if you're eligible to file a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson, you must take an eligibility screening test. The test is free to take and only requires you to answer a few questions. If you're eligible, we will provide a free case review to help you determine whether your case is strong enough to go to court.  


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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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