Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Johnson & Johnson was recently ordered by a St. Louis, Missouri jury to pay $72 million in economic and punitive damages to Jacqueline Fox, a woman who died from ovarian cancer. The jury found that her prolonged use of Shower-to-Shower® body powder contributed or caused her ovarian cancer, and that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn her of the link between use of talcum powders for feminine hygiene and the increased risk of ovarian cancer.
According to a study in Epidemiology, women who routinely applied talcum powder to their genital area have a 33% higher risk of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime¹. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Annually, some 14,500 American women die from ovarian cancer. Despite this risk, Johnson & Johnson still maintains that their talcum products are safe, nor do they provide any warning regarding the use of talcum products and ovarian cancer.
Why are Talcum Powder Lawsuits being Filed?
Talcum powder lawsuits are currently being filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that the company failed to warn women about the risk of developing ovarian cancer when using products, such as baby powder or Shower to Shower®, on or near their genitals. Many of these cases allege that Johnson & Johnson has known about the dangers of genital talcum powder use for decades, and continued to market the product to women despite this knowledge. Presently, hundreds of these cases are pending in St. Louis, Missouri and in New Jersey, where Johnson & Johnson is headquartered.
What Is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is an unchecked proliferation of cells that occur in the reproductive glands of females. These tumors can arise from three main types of cells, which include epithelial cells, germ cells, and stromal cells. Epithelial cells line the surface of the ovaries. Talcum powder may be linked to ovarian epithelial cells turning into ovarian cancer. Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common type of ovarian cancer, accounting for nearly 90% of all tumors of the ovaries. Symptoms often go undetected, but may result in abnormal vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, or weight loss. If you suspect that you may have symptoms consistent with ovarian cancer, you should follow up with your primary care physician as these cancers are very dangerous and can spread to other organ systems (metastasis). If you have previously been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the Hollis Law Firm can assist you in obtaining your pathology report from the hospital to confirm the type of cancer you were diagnosed with.
How do I know if I have a potential Talcum Powder claim?
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after consistent use of a talcum powder product? If the answer is yes, then you may be eligible for compensation. To find out if you or a loved one may have a potential talcum powder claim, speak to an experienced attorney at the Hollis Law Firm. The attorneys at the Hollis Law Firm offer free case reviews for claims for talcum powder and other dangerous drugs and devices. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis. The Hollis Law Firm represents clients from Kansas and Missouri, and partners with injury lawyers in all 50 states to provide representation to clients throughout the country. To speak to a member of the Hollis Law team about your case, please contact the Hollis Law Firm by completing a contact form or by calling (800) 701-3672.
¹Cramer, Daniel W.; et al., “the association between Talc use and ovarian cancer: a retrospective case-control study in two US states.” Epidemiology, online December 17, 2015.