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An article from the New York Times dated August 12, 1982 reveals that Johnson & Johnson knew of the potential link between talc and cancer for more than 30 years. The article centers on a study published in the medical journal Cancer the same month and year.  The study found that women who used talcum powder on their genitals were three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who did not.

Johnson & Johnson’s response? They called the study inconclusive, but promised to conduct “appropriate new studies” themselves. 30 years later, however, the company is in more hot water than ever battling hundreds of women who claim the talc has harmful to their health. The jury in the most recent lawsuit awarded the family of the victim $72 million for their loss – and in punitive damages for Johnson & Johnson.

Countless more studies were done after this one. Such studies confirmed what many scientists had already learned: that there is indeed a connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. Still, not once in the 30 years following this New York Times article did Johnson & Johnson print any kind of warning on labels of their baby powder.

Digging through the archives and finding this article just goes to show how long Johnson & Johnson had to correct the error of their ways. Yet in 2016, there is still no warning about using baby powder on genitals. One has to wonder: what will it take for J&J to add this warning? As the lawsuits continue to pile up, the company will need to make some big decisions about how it labels their product.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

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A jury has voted to penalize Johnson and Johnson for failing to warn talcum powder users of the link between the product and ovarian cancer. The company must pay $10 million in compensatory damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using J&J’s baby powder for many years. The company must also pay $62 million in a punishment award, since jurors believed J&J knew of the risks the product presented but chose to hide them from customers instead of warn them.

For years, talcum powder was marketed as a feminine hygiene product, with one advertising campaign touting “just a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.” In 1999, the American Cancer Society warned women to avoid talc based products for genital use and instead recommended using cornstarch based products. In spite of this news, J&J chose not to update their product’s labels with warnings. Many women continued to use talcum powder, unaware of any potential for danger.

This decision is a huge win for the family of the victim, as well as the 1,200 other plaintiffs currently battling J&J, Shower-to-Shower, and other manufacturers.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

FREE CONSULTATION 877-544-5323

Most people associate baby powder with diaper changes and bath time for toddlers, but for millions of women, baby and talcum powder usage has been a daily ritual for decades. The leading seller of such products, Johnson and Johnson, even marketed the product with the tag line “just a sprinkle a day keeps the odor away.” The link between feminine hygiene and talcum powder has been long dismissed by doctors, but the link between the product and ovarian cancer is just becoming more well-known.

Ovarian Cancer Risk

When women use talcum and talc-based baby powders on their genitals, talc particles can make their way inside the body and into the ovaries. The internal irritation caused by the talc can eventually cause ovarian cancer to develop. Despite dozens of studies through the decades linking talc to cancer, Johnson and Johnson has refused to include any kind of warning about the dangers associated with the product. Because of this, more than 700 lawsuits have been filed against the company.

Why Aren’t Women Being Warned?

As awareness grows about the risks talcum powder presents, there will likely be more lawsuits filed against Johnson and Johnson. Until they decide to warn their customers of the dangers, more women may continue to use the powder in hazardous ways. The pharmaceutical giant’s decision not to inform its customers of the carcinogenic nature of its baby powder is a threat to public health.

If you know someone who uses baby or talcum powder in their beauty routine, warn them of the possibilities of ovarian cancer. It’s up to each woman to decide whether to use the product or not, but at the very least, consumers deserve to be informed of the risks.

Be Advised: Johnson and Johnson isn’t the only manufacturer of talc-based body powders.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

Concerns about the connection between talc and certain types of cancer are growing. For more than thirty years, scientists have studied the link between the common household product and both lung and ovarian cancer. Many assume that baby powder – a product used by both infants and adults alike – is safe to sprinkle onto genitals to promote hygiene. In fact, studies have reported, this may instead lead to the development of ovarian cancer.

The American Cancer Society has outlined some of the main facts about this link and about how to safely use talcum and baby powders without the risks associated with the products. They recommend never using the powders on female genitalia, as the talc powders can travel into the ovaries and cause irritation. Over time, that irritation can become cancerous. Talc miners are also at risk of developing cancer. When they breathe in talc, which can often asbestos, they can develop respiratory diseases and lung cancer.

Johnson and Johnson, one of the leading sellers of talcum powder, has resisted labeling their products with warnings about the potential dangers associated with talc. Despite decades of warnings from scientists, the company has chosen not to keep their customers informed of the hazards. Because of this, several lawsuits have been launched against the pharmaceutical giant.

If you use baby or talcum powder, avoid applying it to the genital area. Another option is to switch to a cornstarch based powder. Such products have not been found to cause cancers like talc based powders.

Talcum Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

 FREE CONSULTATIONS 877.544.5323

Many people assume that because baby powder is intended for children’s hygiene, it is a safe product. Sadly, this is not the case. Talc, though a natural substance, can work its way into the ovaries when applied to the genitals. There, it irritates the tissues. One study found that in 13 women with ovarian cancer, 10 were found with talc particles deeply embedded in their bodies.

Johnson and Johnson, one of the leading baby and talcum powder companies in the country, has resisted sharing such information with its customers. In spite of at least 9 peer-reviewed medical studies attesting to the link between the product and cancer, Johnson and Johnson has neither changed their formula nor warned users of the potential for danger.

Johnson and Johnson was sued in 2013 by a woman who developed cancer after using their talc powder for many years. Johnson and Johnson is now facing a number of lawsuits over their alleged cancer causing baby and talcum powders. The company has denied the cancer link.

There are alternatives to talcum and baby powders. Other brands have created cornstarch based body powders that work just as well as talcum powder but without the risk of cancer. If you use talcum or baby powder, avoid using it for feminine hygiene purposes or consider an alternative.

Talcum Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

 FREE CONSULTATIONS 877.544.5323

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