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Talcum powder can be found in a variety of products on drug store shelves, including baby powder, body powders, feminine washes, and cosmetics. But despite its widespread use, talcum powder has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women.

At Crumley Roberts, we’re here to protect your rights if you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after using a product containing talcum powder. With more than 25 years of experience fighting for injury victims and their families, our lawyers have the knowledge and resources to take on big corporations when their negligence harms innocent people. Call  or complete a free initial consultation form to get started now.

Does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?

Talc, talcum powder’s main ingredient, contains asbestos—a known carcinogen—in its natural, mineral form. However, talc in consumer products has been asbestos free for more than 30 years.

The American Cancer Society has conducted more than a dozen studies into whether asbestos-free talc causes cancer, and data showed that women who use products containing talc face a 30 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer than women who don’t use talc.

Talc-based powder has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” when used in the genital area.

Who is at risk of talcum powder ovarian cancer?

Women who use talc products in the genital area may face an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talc doesn’t break down in the body, and it can travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes into the ovaries, where it may cause irritation or lead to cancer.

Multimillion Dollar Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdicts

In a 2016 jury trial, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum powder hygiene products for more than three decades. The victim’s lawyers revealed evidence that Johnson & Johnson knew about a link between talc powder and ovarian cancer, but withheld the information for decades to protect profits.

In May 2016, a jury in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million in damages to an ovarian cancer survivor who used the company’s talc powder for 30 years. As a result of the diagnosis, the victim underwent a hysterectomy and other surgeries before her remission.

Which products contain talc?

Consumer products that may contain talc include:

  • Baby powder
  • Body powders—including Shower to Shower®
  • Contraceptives, such as condoms and diaphragms
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Tampons
  • Vaginal deodorants

Contact Our Talcum Powder Cancer Lawyers

At Crumley Roberts, we’re here to protect your rights to compensation if you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after using talc products. Our injury lawyers won’t charge you attorney’s fees unless we win money for you, so don’t wait to get the representation you deserve. Call or contact us online to take action today.

Shower to Shower® is a registered trademark of Valeant Consumer Products and is used here only to identify the product in question.

This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the American Cancer Society; International Agency for Research on Cancer; Johnson & Johnson; Reuters; or Valeant Consumer Products.

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