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Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer? The answer is unequivocally YES and I will explain in this article what talcum or talc is, how it is produced and the medical research linking the talc powder to both ovarian cancer and mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Talcum Powder Cause Cancer

Talcum Powder Causes Cancer including Ovarian Cancer and Lung Cancer. Call Dr. Shezad Malik at 214-390-3189

What is Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder, often simply called talc, is a finely ground mineral that is used in personal care products, cosmetics, and some industrial applications. Its primary component is talc, a clay mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. Talc is known for its softness, moisture-absorption capabilities, and ability to reduce friction, which is why it’s commonly found in baby powder, body powders, and various cosmetic products to absorb moisture and minimize chafing.

However, the use of talcum powder has been scrutinized due to health concerns. Specifically, there have been concerns about its link to cancer. When talc is mined, it can be contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen. Inhalation of asbestos-contaminated talc can lead to lung cancer, and there have been worries and legal cases suggesting that long-term genital use of talcum powder to be linked to ovarian cancer. This has led to a significant amount of litigation, with some juries awarding large verdicts to plaintiffs who claimed that their cancer was caused by the use of talcum powder. Continue reading

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update. I am providing this Talcum Powder lawsuit update to keep injured plaintiffs and concerned citizens informed on the latest developments in the talcum powder lawsuits.

Johnson & Johnson under fire over its talc based Baby Powder, plaintiffs allege it causes Ovarian Cancer and Mesothelioma

Johnson & Johnson is under fire over its talc-based Baby Powder, plaintiffs allege it causes Ovarian Cancer and Mesothelioma

What are Talcum Powder Lawsuits about?

I am providing this timely update for women who have succumbed to talcum powder linked ovarian cancer .

Talcum Powder linked to Ovarian Cancer link

Talcum powder ovarian cancer. Medical research and jurors have found talcum powder ovarian cancer link.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer link

Talcum Powder causes Ovarian Cancer? Depends on who you ask. According to Johnson and Johnson the maker of their flagship baby powder product and their follow up product, Shower to Shower, the answer is a resounding NO!

Talcum Powder causes Ovarian Cancer link

Medical research and jurors have found talcum powder ovarian cancer link.

But the jury asked to sit and weigh through the evidence presented in the third bellwether trial to take place in St. Louis would disagree vehemently.

A St. Louis jury yesterday announced a $70 million talcum powder ovarian cancer verdict, in the third talcum powder ovarian cancer case to go to trial.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer link

Medical research and jurors have found talcum powder ovarian cancer link.

Deborah Giannecchini, 62, used Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) baby powder for feminine hygiene for more than four decades until her diagnosis with ovarian cancer three years ago.

Giannecchini has an 80 percent chance of dying in the next two years, and has undergone surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

J&J and Imerys Hammered

A J&J unit was ordered to pay $65 million in punitive damages and 90 percent of about $2.5 million for medical costs and pain and suffering.

Co-defendant Imerys Talc America, the supplier of the talc, was hit with $2.5 million in punitive damages.

Juror: “J&J Didn’t Care”

As reported in Bloomberg News, the company should have provided a warning label on the product to let consumers decide whether to use talc, one juror Billie Ray, 76, of St. Louis, said after the trial. “It seemed like Johnson & Johnson didn’t pay attention,” she said. “It seemed like they didn’t care.”

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J&J Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer link

Medical research and jurors found talcum powder Ovarian Cancer link.

Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California was awarded more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder made with talc caused her ovarian cancer.

Ethicon Gynecare Transvaginal Mesh LawsuitsThe family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer alleges that side effects of daily Baby Powder use for feminine hygiene purposes caused the development of cancer.

The family of Maureen Broderick Milliken allege that Milliken’s “regular and prolong” use of Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder around her genital area caused ovarian cancer. According to the lawsuit filed on June 9, 2016, Milliken used the product nearly her entire life.

Milliken’s famiy argues that Johnson and Johnson knew or should have known of the “unreasonably dangerous and carcinogenic nature of the talc,” the main ingredient used in Baby Powder. Yet, the company withheld information from consumers and continued to market use of the products in the underwear and around the genitals, which may cause talc to migrate through the vagina and increase the risk of cancer, according to the lawsuit.

Hot on the heels of a record $72 Million Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer verdict in February, the next talcum powder ovarian cancer injury trial has begun this week in St. Louis Circuit Court.

J&J Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer lawsuits

Talcum Powder lawsuits increase across the U.S.

Gloria Ristesund filed her claim against Johnson & Johnson (J&J), after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. Ristesund used the J&J’s talcum-based baby powder products for more than 40 years for feminine dryness.

Recently Bloomberg News reported a record $72 million Talcum Powder win. Jacqueline Fox won her case against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over talcum powder’s risk of causing ovarian cancer in women who apply the powder in their genital area.

Johnson Talcum Powder attorneyFox died from ovarian cancer in October 2015. In February 2015, a jury in St. Louis found that talcum powder caused the ovarian cancer disease and that J&J was liable for negligence, conspiracy, and failure to warn women of the risk of using talcum Baby Powder in the genital area.

Talcum Baby Powder Lawsuits

Medical experts have warned that women who regularly powder their genitals with talc have a one-third higher risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

texas_vaginal_mesh_injury_lawyerThose women who routinely apply talc to their genitals, sanitary napkins, tampons and underwear were found to have a 33 per cent higher risk of ovarian cancer.

Lead study author Dr Daniel Cramer, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, noted that there must be warning labels on talcum powder.

According to Cramer, “Talc is a good drying agent, but women should know that if it’s used repeatedly, it can get into the vagina and into their upper genital tract.”

Dr Cramer first linked genital talc to ovarian cancer in 1982. The current study, in the journal Epidemiology, is the first to limit the association to premenopausal women and postmenopausal women who used hormone therapy.

What is Talc?

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that absorbs moisture, and is made of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It may contain asbestos – a known carcinogen – in its natural form. But, all consumer talc products in the US have been free of asbestos in the US since the 1970s.

Ovarian Cancer

Almost 20,000 women in the US are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year – and almost 14,500 die from the disease annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified genital talc as possibly carcinogenic in 2006.

St Louis Talc Powder Ovarian Cancer $72 Million Verdict

The St. Louis jury in the latest J&J talc powder lawsuit to go to trial, was hammered and ordered to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. The family of Jackie Fox filed a wrongful death claim for ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder that she used throughout her life.

Fox used J&J talcum powder products for feminine hygiene, and she alleged that the company failed to warn that the talc migrates through the vagina and increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

$62 Million In Punitive Damages

The jury in the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis, found that J&J should pay the family $10 million in compensatory damages, for causing her wrongful death. The jury also found that J&J acted with gross negligence and wanton disregard for the plaintiff’s health and safety, and awarded $62 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded when the jury finds egregious behavior and is designed to punish the company for wrongful acts.

The jury noted that internal documents showed that the company knew about increased risk of ovarian cancer from talc for years, but hid the vital information from talc powder users.

Smoking Gun Internal Documents

According to the jury the company’s internal documents that were presented during the trial, swayed the jury towards for finding for the plaintiffs. A 1997 internal memo from a company medical consultant said “anybody who denies” the risk of using hygienic talc and ovarian cancer is “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary,” AP reported.

Shower-to-Shower and Baby Powder Under Fire

Johnson’s Baby Powder is the most popular talcum powder product sold by the company. The talc is usually used in infants to prevent diaper rashes and it is also marketed to adult women for general hygiene purposes, as the Shower-to-Shower product.

Johnson & Johnson, based in New Brunswick, N.J., is expected to appeal. It issued a statement Tuesday insisting the products are safe.

1,200 Talc Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits Pending

There are about 1,200 Baby Powder lawsuits and Shower-to-Shower body powder lawsuits pending against J&J, with similar allegations that the company failed to warn that the talcum-based powders may increase the risk of ovarian cancer when applied to the female genitals.

According to medical experts, pathological evidence reveals that the talc may migrate through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries, causing inflammation leading ovarian cancers. Microscopic evidence of talc particulate infiltration is found in the ovaries of affected women.

2nd Jury Talc Ovarian Cancer Verdict

In October 2013, a South Dakota jury found that J&J failed to warn about the risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder, but no damages were awarded. In that South Dakota case, Deane Berg, aged 56 was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and three doctors found that her cancer tissue had evidence of talc in the ovaries.

In fall 2006,  Berg began noticing signs of ovarian cancer. Berg had both ovaries removed when her doctors found a hemorrhagic ovary. In January 2007 Berg was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer with a life expectancy of less than five years. Berg’s oncologist suggested a linkage between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Berg had “dusted” her groin daily with J&J’s talcum powder since the age of 18.

New Jersey Talc Powder State Court Mass Tort

The New Jersey Supreme Court in November 2015, consolidated all talcum powder lawsuits filed on behalf of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

All talc cancer cases filed throughout New Jersey state court are centralized before Judges Julio L. Mendez and Nelson C. Johnson in Atlantic County, as part of a Multi-County Litigation (MCL). There are more than 100 ovarian cancer lawsuits over talcum powder pending throughout the state.

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