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Johnson & Johnson Faces Lawsuits Linking Talcum Powder Use to Ovarian Cancer

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 17, 2015

Johnson & Johnson, manufacturers of a wide range of personal care products including baby powder, is facing a lawsuit in at least one U.S. court claiming that the talc in their baby powder caused ovarian cancer.

A patient with ovarian cancer filed suit in a Wisconsin court recently, claiming that she used the company’s baby powder for nearly fifty years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states, and many experienced Texas personal injury lawyers have heard from clients who fear that their talcum powder use may be linked to later cases of ovarian cancer.

The complaint filed against Johnson & Johnson cites studies from as early as 1971 linking increased cancer risks to the use of talcum powder. Other industries, such as manufacturers of condoms, stopped using talcum powder on their products due to fears that introducing talc to the genital area might increase the risk of ovarian cancer, according to the complaint. The complaint alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks, but did not warn consumers.

Talc is a mineral used in a wide range of personal care, food, and other products. While studies linking its use to ovarian cancer have been inconsistent in their methodologies and results, new research suggests not only that talc might be linked to ovarian cancer, but that it also may put individuals who breathe large quantities of talc at risk for mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. Although talc in consumer products has been required to be asbestos-free since 1972, these studies suggest that risks remain even when asbestos is removed from talc.

If you or someone you care about has developed an illness or condition as a result of a manufacturer’s failure to warn about the risk of using their products, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the product liability lawyers at WT Johnson in Dallas. Call us today for a consultation – (214) 231-0544.

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