Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower have been used by American women for nearly 100 years. Doctors have discouraged using talcum powder on babies due to the risk of developing respiratory illness. Now several medical studies show using talc powder increases a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer by more than 30%.
Women whose reproductive health has been compromised by talcum powder use must take legal action against Johnson & Johnson to seek compensation for their suffering. The defective product liability attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith are ready to assist you.
Jury Awards $72 Million in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit
In 2016, a Missouri jury awarded $72 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after decades of talcum powder use.
The lawsuit claimed drug makers knew about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer as early as 1982 when a study revealed a 92% increased risk of ovarian cancer.
This is just one of over 1,700 cases from around the country, currently open in the Eastern District of Missouri MDL.
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Talcum Powder Use Doubles Chances for Developing Ovarian Cancer
Harvard pathologist, Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, was the first to discover conclusive evidence linking talcum powder use to ovarian cancer. The Journal of Cancer Prevention Research published a similar study in 2013.
Ovarian cancer is the 8th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. A woman with ovarian cancer has a 45.6% chance of surviving for 5 years after diagnosis. According to the National Cancer Research Center, 1 out of 75 women will receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Continued talcum powder use over a lifetime can almost double your risk for having epithelial ovarian cancer.
A recent study conducted at Bingham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that women who used talc to powder their intimate area had a 33% higher risk of ovarian cancer.
Talc powder used every day for even a few months can increase the likelihood of an ovarian cancer diagnosis, especially if you are already part of the population most at-risk developing this disease. Caucasian women are more likely to be diagnosed as they carry genes associated with this disease. However, premenopausal and African American women have an even greater risk for ovarian cancer after frequent use of talcum powder.
Our Attorneys Can Help
The attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC believe in holding corporations accountable when their products cause consumers significant harm. Talcum powder manufacturers failed to warn consumers of the potential risks with using their product.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, we can help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, or funeral expenses if your loved one has died. The law has strict time limits for these types of cases, so please reach out to us today.
Consultations are free, confidential and at no obligation to you.