In recent years, there has been mounting evidence that
talcum powder may be carcinogenic, particularly when used repeatedly over time. While the 20+ studies conducted
in the last few decades have found a modest, but not scientifically significant
link, Harvard medical professor Dr. Daniel Cramer has argued that these
studies don’t accurately assess the increase in risk based on different
“The main problem is that most of the studies don’t show a
so-called dose response. That is, the longer you use it and the more times
you apply it, the greater the risk,” says Dr. Cramer.
However, there are a few studies which seem to confirm Dr. Cramer’s
point. One study published in the medical journal
Cancer Prevention Research found that women who regularly used talc-based powder as part of their
feminine hygiene routine experienced a 41% increase in their risk of ovarian cancer.
Recently, the first
product liability lawsuit associated with this issue delivered a successful verdict for
the plaintiff, a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using
Johnson & Johnson talcum powders for more than 30 years. In the lawsuit,
the jury found Johnson & Johnson negligent in failing to properly
warn consumers of the link between the use of talcum powder for feminine
hygiene and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Manufacturers have an obligation to warn consumers of all the potential
risks associated with the use of their products. When they fail to do
so and you are injured as a result of using a
dangerous product, the manufacturer may be held liable for your damages in a
product liability lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with
ovarian cancer after using a talcum-based Johnson & Johnson powder product, Golomb & Honik, P.C. can help. We have more than three decades of
experience fighting for the rights of injured consumers. During that time,
we have developed a strong track record of success, helping our clients
recover hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.