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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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Johnson & Johnson is a name most people recognize. After all, the company is responsible for products we use daily. From band aids to mouthwash, we’ve probably all purchased items from Johnson & Johnson at some point or another. The products are so ubiquitous, we don’t give much thought about them one way or the other. We trust the company – as well as the FDA – to protect consumer health and safety. Unfortunately, as evidenced by recent lawsuits, this trust may have been misplaced.

Johnson & Johnson has followed study after study with the same findings: talcum powder, when used for feminine hygiene, may cause ovarian cancer. This research goes back nearly forty years, yet the company never once added any kind of warning to the labels on their baby powder. In fact, J&J advocated for the use of the product for feminine hygiene with the campaign slogan “a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.”

The company recently sought out the dismissal of one lawsuit against them, filed by the family of an ovarian cancer victim. Fortunately, the judge denied the request, arguing that jurors would find plenty of reason for J&J to hide the risks associated with talc. The jurors ultimately found the company at fault, and awarded the plaintiff’s family more than $70 million in compensation.

Johnson & Johnson had many, many decades to right their wrongs. Only time – and the 1,200 and growing talcum powder lawsuits – will tell if they will ever fix their labels.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum 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.

FREE CONSULTATIONS 877-544-5323

At some point in your life, whether you realized it or not, you’ve probably used talc. You might have powdered your infant’s bottom after a diaper change with baby powder or applied concealer when doing your makeup. The cosmetics industry has encouraged women for decades to use talcum powder after showering. Unfortunately, many people don’t know of the risks associated with using talc in that manner. And why would they? Johnson and Johnson refuses to label their powders with warnings that the product could cause ovarian cancer. Recent lawsuits may eventually change that, but for now, millions of consumers are using a dangerous product with no knowledge of the risks. The reality is that most of us know very little about talc.

Talc is the softest mineral on the planet. It’s found in the ground and is often interlaced with asbestos, another potentially deadly mineral. When inhaled, asbestos can scar the lungs and cause fatal diseases. Both substances can be found in paint, crayons, cosmetics and other household products. The Food and Drug Administration requires that only the purest grade talc is used in food and cosmetic products, and manufacturers stand by claims that their products are safe.

Experts say, however, the test used to determine the grade of talc used in products is outdated and often inaccurate. And these tests are also often not utilized in products manufactured in places like China and Pakistan. Without rigorous testing, it’s easy for talc and asbestos to slip into commonly used products. Lotion, olive oils, chewing gum and paper all use talc during the manufacturing process.

Talcum Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Talcum powder use around the vaginal area has been linked to ovarian cancer. Some studies suggest women who use talc-based baby or body powders in this area are significantly more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not. If you’ve used these talc-based powders and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact us to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.

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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