Talcum Powder: Its Link With Ovarian Cancer
Since 1971, researchers have collected evidence linking the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. This body of evidence has grown so strong in recent years that two juries have recently awarded plaintiffs with multimillion-dollar awards — one for $72 million and the other for $55 million.
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The Dangers of Talcum Powder
For years, researchers suspected that talcum powder was linked to ovarian cancer. They surmise that small amounts of talcum powder used for feminine hygiene purposes eventually traveled through the vagina and the fallopian tubes to the ovaries.
Many manufacturers changed the formulation of their products to eliminate talcum powder, but Johnson & Johnson continued to use it in its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. Johnson & Johnson also failed to warn users of the risks of talcum powder and its link to ovarian cancer, despite increasing evidence of its dangers. Instead, the company chose to withhold that information.
This reluctance by Johnson & Johnson to disclose the known risks of its products follows a pattern. The company is also deeply involved litigation involving Risperdal and vaginal mesh products. Johnon & Johnson’s reluctance to disclose the risks of talcum powder is yet one more example of corporate greed taking precedence over the health of its customers.
A Note for Family Members of Ovarian Cancer Victims
If a family member used talcum powder and has passed away as the result of ovarian cancer, you may still be able to claim compensation. Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., can file a lawsuit on your behalf, seeking full compensation for you and justice for your loved one.
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