Talcum powder is best known as a product that helps absorb moisture and reduce irritation, but unfortunately, recent findings have shown talcum powder may be linked to thousands of cases of ovarian cancer. Today, more than 40,000 claims have been successfully filed against Johnson & Johnson, and claimants have recovered billions of dollars in funds for pain and suffering incurred by talcum powder use. While these cases turned out favorably for the victims, there are still thousands of people who have yet to come forward with claims and need the help of a talcum powder attorney.
If you or a family member have received an ovarian cancer diagnosis after exposure to asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder, don’t wait to contact a Houston talcum powder lawyer. You may have legal grounds to file a product liability claim, but if you wait too long, you may miss out on a jury verdict or settlement payout. Furthermore, if you lost a loved one due to talcum powder linked to mesothelioma, you only have two years from the date of death to file a claim according to Texas’s statute of limitations. Stevenson & Murray Attorneys at Law can help you file your claim and get the payment you deserve.
Studies indicate using talc products in the genital areas correlates with developing ovarian cancer. Since 1971, more than 20 studies have found this correlation. In 2003, a closer look at these studies concluded women were 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer when using talcum powder. Talc, when used near the genitals, can travel to the ovaries and attach itself to the ovarian tissue.1
In 2002 the president of the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrances Association admitted that talc is a carcinogen that can travel to the ovaries if applied to or surrounding a woman’s genital area.
2022: Johnson & Johnson announces they will terminate the sale of all talc-based products, globally. The company files bankruptcy to avoid or delay some 40,000 active claims against them, claiming the bankruptcy will better facilitate settlements for claimants.
2021: Johnson & Johnson files a statement with the Securities Exchange Commission that $3.9 billion will be reserved to pay settlements for certain talc-related claims.
2020: Johnson & Johnson releases a statement that they will no longer sell talc-based products in North America.
2019: A hearing held by a US House subcommittee investigates talc-based products after the FDA discovered asbestos in cosmetics containing talcum products with a target market of teens and children. Even amid their knowledge of talcum powder dangers, Reuters reports that Johnson & Johnson launches a marketing campaign targeted toward minority communities after sales of baby powder begin to decline. Johnson & Johnson recalls 30,000+ bottles of baby powder following FDA discovery of asbestos in their product.
2018: Media outlets Reuters News and the New York Times publish reports that Johnson & Johnson was knowledgeable of the fact their products contained asbestos for decades even, and the company purposely did not relay this information to the public. The publications state their claims are based on legal and corporate documents that show the company’s awareness of the asbestos.
A St. Louis court awards a tort claim for $4.6 billion to 22 women after the jury finds talcum powder products made by Johnson & Johnson and their supplier are responsible for the women’s ovarian cancer diagnoses, and that the companies knowingly continued to sell their products even though they knew their products contained asbestos.
2016: Johnson & Johnson is ordered to pay $72 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products for decades.
2011: In what is the strongest association to date, Harvard research funded by the National Cancer Institute again finds a dose-response relationship between use of talc on the genitals and ovarian cancer. The 4,000-woman study reveals a 200% to 300% increased risk of cancer from perineum talc use. The study also appears to determine why the dose-response relationship had been hard to detect decades before.
2008: In what became known as the “Gates Study,” research funded by the National Cancer Institute finds a strong and positive dose-response relationship indicating the more talc a woman used on her genitals, the higher her risk of ovarian cancer. The researchers urge women not to use talc on the genital area and ask physicians to inquire with female patients on their talc use and to advise them to stop. This same year, a petition from the CPC called for a cancer warning on cosmetic talc products.
The Gates study leads American Cancer Society officials to determine that there was finally a relationship between talc and ovarian cancer.
2007: Researchers were able to induce carcinogenesis by applying talc to ovarian cancer cell lines, showing that talc can cause ovarian cancer.
2006: The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies genital talc use as a possible human carcinogen, noting that 16% to 52% of women around the world are using talc in a way that may increase their cancer risk. This same year, Canada classified talc as “very toxic” and “cancer causing.”
2004: California researchers look at data on nearly 1,400 women and find a 77% increased risk of invasive ovarian cancer among talc users. However, there is no increased risk in women using cornstarch-based powder products.
1998: Canadian researchers find that women who used talc on their perineum faced a 149% increased risk of ovarian cancer.
1997: A toxicology consultant for Johnson & Johnson warns the company that on three separate occasions, the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, which included J&J officials, had released false safety information on talc.
1996: The condom industry ceases the practice of dusting condoms with talc because of concerns about the risk of ovarian cancer for women.
1994: The Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC) cites numerous studies to Johnson & Johnson in a letter urging the company to issue talcum powder recalls to remove the products from the market.
1993: The US National Toxicology Program determines talc is a carcinogen, even when asbestos-like fibers are not present.
1992: A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins finds that applying talc to the genitals using a sanitary napkin increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by 379%.
1988: Researchers find a dose-response relationship between genital talc use and ovarian cancer and determine that 52% of cancer patients regularly used talc on their genitals before their cancer diagnosis. Similar results were found in a study the following year.
1982: Harvard researchers find genital talc use increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 92%, proving an epidemiologic association between using talc for genital hygiene and ovarian cancer, but not a causal link. This is followed by 21 different studies worldwide, almost all finding an association between talc and ovarian cancer. Rather than warning about the potential risks, Johnson & Johnson and other talc powder manufacturers claim the study findings are inconclusive.
1976: In a follow-up to the 1968 study, researchers determine that regulatory standards need to be created for talc use due to the fibrous content. They also call for an evaluation of the possible health risks.
1971: Researchers find talc particles deeply embedded in ovarian and cervical tumors of women with cancer. They also find that women without cancer have less of a chance of having such particles in their body.
1968: Another study finds that 19% of talc is fibrous content, which can cause unsuspecting health problems. Some of these include fibers similar to asbestos.
1961: A study finds that carbon particles similar to talc can translocate from the exterior of women’s genitals to women’s ovaries.
1893: Johnson & Johnson first develops Baby Powder, promoting it as a means of absorbing unwanted moisture and odors from babies and women. Over the next century, use of the talc-based powder will continue to grow, with the manufacturer pushing use for adult women as a means to keep their skin fresh.
Was my ovarian cancer caused by talc?
We will have medical experts examine your tissue samples and pathology reports to determine if your ovarian tissue contains talc fibers.
Who is most likely to develop talc ovarian cancer?
Studies indicate women using talc products on a daily/weekly basis increase their risk of developing ovarian cancer by 33%. Women using talc on a daily basis increase their risk of developing ovarian cancer by 41%. In other words, the more you use talc products, the more likely you are to develop ovarian cancer.
Who can make a talc claim/lawsuit?
If you (or a family member) have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used talc products, then you may be able to file an ovarian cancer lawsuit.
How much does it cost for an attorney to review my claim?
Nothing at all! We will listen and analyze your case without any cost or further obligation.
How much does it cost to file a talc ovarian cancer lawsuit?
Stevenson & Murray will represent your talc ovarian cancer lawsuit on a contingency-fee basis, meaning there are no legal fees unless you receive compensation for your case.
How much time do I have to file a talc ovarian cancer lawsuit?
For specific time limits regarding your claim, please contact our firm. Each case is different and will be evaluated on the specific facts and circumstances of your case.
If you, a loved one or someone you know used any talc product and thereafter developed ovarian cancer, our attorneys would like to speak to you. You may have a claim and may be entitled to financial compensation. Stevenson & Murray represents women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. For a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact us today at (713) 622-3223, or complete a case evaluation on this page.
1 Department of Clinical Oncology, Marshfield Clinic Cancer Center, Marshfield, WI, USA, Perineal application of cosmetic talc and risk of invasive epithelial ovarian cancer: a meta-analysis of 11,933 subjects from sixteen observational studies., http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12820486.
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