What You Need to Know about Baby Powder & Ovarian CancerJanuary 8, 2019
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been under increasing scrutiny in recent years over the risks associated with its baby powder, which is also referred to as talcum (talc) powder. In fact, mounting lawsuits across the nation have been pivotal to uncovering more evidence that J&J:
- Knew about the presence of toxic asbestos in its baby powder for decades
- Hid these dangers from the public and regulators.
Specifically, as findings from a recent Reuters’ investigation show, from 1972 to 1975 alone:
- J&J received lab results, from three different labs, reporting asbestos in its talc powder, with one lab reporting “rather high” results.
- Numerous J&J staff – from executives and scientists to mine managers and attorneys – were very concerned about these findings and what actions to take in light of J&J’s moves to hide them from the public and regulators.
As investigations and lawsuits regarding J&J’s talcum powder proceed, here are the facts you must know about the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer.
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5 Essential Facts to Know about Talcum Baby Powder & Ovarian Cancer
- Talc and asbestos naturally occur together – Talcum and asbestos are both naturally occurring minerals that are mined from the ground. These minerals commonly (but don’t always) form together. Consequently, if talc is mined from an asbestos-containing source, there’s a good chance that talc will be contaminated with asbestos fibers.
- Asbestos is a known carcinogenic – As the World Health Organization (WHO) points out, all six types of asbestos are known carcinogens. Depending on how people come into contact with asbestos fibers, this toxic mineral can cause various malignancies, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and ovarian cancer.
- Dozens of case-controlled studies have found a link between talc powder and ovarian cancer – A pivotal study published in 1971 analyzed samples of ovarian and cervical tissues from women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The findings indicated that nearly 75 percent of the tissues analyzed contained talc particles, highlighting the potential link between using talc powder and developing ovarian cancer. Since then, numerous talc powder and ovarian cancer studies have been done. While not all of them have affirmed this link, many credible studies have – including one that pinpointed a roughly 30 percent elevated risk of ovarian cancer for talc powder users.
- Many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and with a history of using baby powder have already taken legal action – Across the U.S., many women have taken action, filing baby powder cancer lawsuits against J&J. These plaintiffs are looking to hold J&J accountable for its failures to alert the public about the risks associated with its talcum powder.
- Juries have acknowledged the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer – While J&J continues to deny negligence and argue that its baby powder is safe and not linked to ovarian cancer, some juries have already disagreed. In fact, these juries have awarded large verdicts, ranging from $55 million to as much $4.6 billion to some of the plaintiffs in baby powder cancer lawsuits. Such massive awards clearly demonstrate that juries have been convinced of J&J’s negligence and the real dangers of talcum powder.
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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has a history of using talcum powder, it’s time to contact the experienced attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm. We are ready to discuss your potential case and aggressively advocate your rights moving forward.
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At the Amaro Law Firm, we are proud to help those who have been harmed by dangerous products seek the justice and financial recoveries they deserve. While we know that compensation can never reverse a cancer diagnosis, we also know that the recoveries from baby powder cancer cases can be the key to seeking treatment and focusing on healing.