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Talcum Powder and Cancer Link: Women Sue Johnson & Johnson

By Susan Schaben

Talcum powder can be found in the bathroom cabinets of millions of people throughout the world, but longterm use by women in their genital region has been linked to ovarian cancer prompting a slew of lawsuits against the consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson.

Indeed, there is scientific research conducted in Wales back to 1971 that links talc with ovarian and cervical tumors.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer and have used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower powder, or WalMart’s Equate powder as part of your feminine hygiene routine, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us for a free consultation at 800-235-6801. No cost to file lawsuit unless claim is successful. 

Deborah Giannecchini was recently awarded a $70 million verdict by a Missouri jury after she filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming that her use of talcum powder gave her State 4 ovarian cancer. She now has a reduced life expectancy and has had to suffer through painful treatments including having her spleen and part of her stomach removed, her ovaries and uterus taken out and part of her colon.

Giannecchini is one of many women who are finding out their longtime use of talcum powder has a deadly side effect: cancer. Many of the women who have been diagnosed with cancer had used the talcum product in their genital area for decades.

Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest corporations in the world, was found guilty of knowing their product could cause cancer, but failing to warn consumers.

Two other awards for $72 million and $55 million were also handed out in Missouri courtrooms.

Johnson & Johnson says the talcum powder they sell is safe for consumers and the company is expected to appeal the decisions, but in the meantime there are hundreds of other lawsuits being filed by woman or surviving family members who like Giannecchini believe there was a direct connection between their use of talcum powder and their cancer diagnosis.

Talcum Powder and Cancer Link

Talc is a mineral that comprises the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, according to the American Cancer Association. In its natural form of talc is known to contain asbestos. Asbestos is known to cause cancer when it is inhaled into the lungs.

People use talcum powder on their skin to absorb moisture and keep it dry. It is believed that the powder could cause cancer in the ovaries should the particles enter the vagina, the uterus or the fallopian tubes where it could reach the ovaries. Whether talcum powder causes cancer or not has been studied and lab results are mixed.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), talc that contains asbestos is labeled as “carcinogenic to humans.” Basically, any substance that causes cancer or helps it grow is carcinogenic.

Additionally, talcum powder used in the female genital region was classified as a possible human carcinogen in 2006 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Talcum Powder Law Firm: Johnson Attorneys Group

Johnson Attorneys Group is currently representing clients who believe they were harmed by using talcum powder products. Our personal injury law firm handles cases on behalf of victims who have been diagnosed with Ovarian or fallopian tube cancers after using products such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, Shower to Shower powder or WalMart’s Equate talcum powder. You may be entitled to damages to compensate you for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of your life.

Our California law firm works on a contingency-fee basis which means you will not pay us fees unless we are able to provide you with a financial settlement. If there is no settlement, you do not pay us attorney fees.

Give our office a call at 855-703-4186 for a free consultation.

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