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Talcum powder use linked to ovarian cancer in women. Did you experience health complications after using talcum powder?

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Johnson & Johnson’s® Baby Powder has been popular over the years as a reliable product for both babies and women. Talcum powder is the focus of cancer lawsuits because of its brand recognition, long use and marketing specifically for “feminine hygiene” uses.


There are at least 20 scientific studies dating back to 1971 which have linked the use of talcum powder to ovarian cancer. The World Health Organization classifies the genital use of talcum-based body powder as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Based on numerous additional studies involving thousands of individuals, women who used talcum products are 30% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.


The Shower-to-Shower Body Powder® by Johnson & Johnson® is another product developed about 50 years ago. The company continued marketing Shower-to-Shower products despite knowing about the research on a possible connection between talcum powder and cancer. Their most popular slogan remained “a sprinkle a day keeps odor away” even when they had the research.


Other companies have also been at fault in some lawsuits, including Whittaker, Clark & Daniels® and Cashmere Boutique by Colgate-Palmolive®. However, Johnson & Johnson’s® products are more popular and have many more lawsuits filed against them. On July 13, 2018, the St. Louis jury awarded $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages.


Johnson & Johnson® Loses Their Bid To Have A $4.7 Billion Talcum Powder Verdict Set Aside

On December 19, 2018, Johnson & Johnson® lost their bid at having a $4.9B verdict set aside. The company failed to persuade a Missouri trial judge to set aside their verdict from July that awarded a record $4.69 billion to 22 women. Those 22 women blamed their ovarian cancer on the company’s Baby Powder and other talc products.


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