WHAT IS TALCUM POWDER?
Talcum powder is a powderized form of talc, magnesium silicate which is mined from naturally-occurring deposits in certain areas of the U.S. and around the world. It is often found near asbestos deposits and the earliest talcum powder products may have contained asbestos.
LINK BETWEEN TALCUM POWDER AND CANCER
The first study linking the use of talcum powder to ovarian cancer was conducted in 1971 when researchers found that 75% of the ovarian cancer tumors contained talc particles. A decade later, a Harvard University researcher found a 30% increase in ovarian cancer in women who used talcum powder products frequently. A 1997 internal memo shows that Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder, knew of the potential risk but believed the risk was too low to justify warnings or discontinue marketing their products.
Once a link between asbestos and cancer was clearly established, manufacturers began refining their talcum powder products to ensure that they were “asbestos-free”. Talc itself, though, is known to be irritating and has contributed to respiratory problems like asthma and other lung conditions. It may also contribute to the development of ovarian cancer when used in the perineal or genital region.
EVIDENCE OF THE LINK
The first talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit was won against Johnson & Johnson in federal court in 2013. One of the leading experts in talcum-related cancer research, Dr. Daniel Cramer, testified on behalf of the plaintiff and suggested talc has been the cause of a number of ovarian cancers throughout the years.
During the course of the trial, a Johnson & Johnson attorney admitted the company was aware of the link between talcum powder and cancer, but viewed the risk as insignificant and neglected to warn consumers of the potential danger on the product’s label.
Yes. There have been many successful litigation against Johnson and Johnson including a $4.69 billion award to 22 women and their families by a Missouri jury.
A December 2018 investigative report from Reuters News Service revealed Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its iconic baby powder could be contaminated with asbestos. Separate investigations by Reuters and The New York Times in December 2018 revealed documents showing Johnson & Johnson fretted for decades that small amounts of asbestos lurked in its baby powder.
“From at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public,” Reuters reported.
Further, A New York Times documentary exposes Johnson & Johnson’s extensive internal records about the link between talcum powder and cancer-causing asbestos. The documentary explores how personnel within Johnson & Johnson – maker of iconic Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower – were aware of asbestos contamination in the powder for decades but failed to disclose that to consumers. Among other things, the documentary crew traveled to Israel to interview a scientist hired by Johnson & Johnson in the 1970s to analyze talc samples. Aviam Elkies said that after his tests revealed traces of asbestos, funding for his work stopped, and his findings were not reported.
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The answer is that it may have. There are several factors that evidence whether or not your use of talc powder caused or contributed to your development of cancer. For example, how long have you used talc powder, how often you used talc powder, where you used talc powder prior to the onset of your ovarian cancer. Prolonged and frequent use of talc powder for over 5 years in the genital region may result in the development ovarian cancer related to the use of talc powder. If you have a history of prolonged and frequent use of talc powder for over 5 years in the genital region then contact me to conduct an investigation on your behalf and hold the manufacturer of the talc powder accountable.
Prolonged and frequent use of talc powder may cause the following types of cancer:
Not all talcum powder contains asbestos, but some of the talc sourced for talcum powder is naturally contaminated with asbestos. Certain brands of talcum powder have tested positive for asbestos in the past. Some of these brands include Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, Cashmere Bouquet Body Talc and Old Spice After Shave Talc.
Asbestos-contaminated talc is a carcinogen capable of causing cancers of the lung, mesothelium and ovaries. Research is currently inconclusive on whether asbestos-free talc is carcinogenic to humans.