Does Talcum Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

Recently, Johnson & Johnson, one of the country's largest manufacturers of home and healthcare products, was sued over claims that its talcum-based baby powder and other talcum-based products, can cause ovarian cancer. This a serious claim that has shown to have some validity, even to the point of one case being awarded a $72 million judgment.

If you have been a regular user of Johnson & Johnson's talcum-based products, then here's what you need to know and what you can do if you have been injured by it.

Talcum Has Been Linked to Cancer Since the 1970s

The reason these lawsuits carry weight is because for all intent and purposes, Johnson & Johnson has known about the suspected link between talcum and ovarian cancer since the 1990s. In fact, the link between talk products and cancer have been circulating since the 1970s, when according to a study conducted during that time, researchers discovered talc particles embedded in the ovarian tumors of test subjects.

Although this data was not quite enough to warrant a direct link between talcum and ovarian cancer, it was enough for the International Agency for Research on Cancer to classify the genital use of talc-based body powder as "possibly carcinogenic" to humans.

The reason why Johnson & Johnson is now being targeted is because the company is believed to have known that their talcum-based products were unsafe as far back as 1994 when the Cancer Prevention Coalition notified Johnson & Johnson's CEO about their studies which showed that the use of talcum powder in the genital area posed "a serious risk of ovarian cancer."

Then, in 1997, the AP disclosed an internal memo in which a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant claimed "anybody who denies" the risk of using hygienic talc and ovarian cancer is "denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary."

Does This Qualify as Negligence on the Part of Johnson & Johnson?

If a company like Johnson & Johnson fails to warn its customers of the known risks of its products, then it can be held liable in cases where one or more people are injured by the products. This falls under the country's Product Liability Laws, which are put in place to help protect consumers against corporate negligence.

Currently, there are more than 1,400 lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson in relation to the company's negligence in warning its customers about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

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If you have been diagnosed with cancer and you were/are a user of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder or talcum-based feminine hygiene products, you have legal options. Hiring a medical malpractice attorney in Supply NC will help you protect your rights and if your case is successful, obtain compensation for your medical bills. With The Rodzik Law Group, your initial consultation is always free, so there's no risk in having us review your case, and we don't get paid unless we win your case.

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