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As thousands of women who may have developed ovarian cancer from side effects of talcum powder bring claims, the latest trial is underway in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ovarian Cancer Side Effects from Talcum Powder

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

Swann vs Johnson & Johnson et. al., which combines the claims of mostly non-residents of Missouri, is held in Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit Court at the Carnahan Courthouse in St. Louis.

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.

Talcum Powder causes cancerWhile some in the medical community continue to debate whether or not Talcum Powder, also known as Baby Powder, may cause ovarian cancer, two recent lawsuits suggest it does cause ovarian cancer.
The link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder was first discovered in 1971 in a study that revealed talc particles, the main ingredient used in Baby Powder, were found in the ovarian tissue of cancer patients.
This was the first instance in which medical professionals realized women were at risk when using the powder on their genitals, sanitary pads, diaphragms, and in condoms. Talc particles easily made their way into the vagina and were able to travel deeper into the reproductive organs. One sample study demonstrated the ability of carbon particles to travel through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes in as little as 30 minutes, leading researchers to believe the same was possible with talc particles.

Talcum Powder causes cancerWhile some in the medical community continue to debate whether or not Talcum Powder, also known as Baby Powder, may cause ovarian cancer, two recent lawsuits suggest it does cause ovarian cancer.

The link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder was originally discovered in 1971 in a study that revealed talc particles in the ovarian tissue of cancer patients.

This was the first instance in which medical professionals realized women were at risk when using the powder on their genitals, sanitary pads, diaphragms, and in condoms. Talc particles easily made their way into the vagina and were able to travel deeper into the reproductive organs. One sample study demonstrated the ability of carbon particles to travel through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes in as little as 30 minutes, leading researchers to believe the same was possible with talc particles.

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.

Baby Powder lawsuitsRecent lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder product has brought to light evidence linking Talc, the main ingredient in Baby Powder, and ovarian cancer.

Johnson and Johnson began selling Baby Powder more than 100 years ago. Unlike pharmaceuticals, Baby Powder and other Talc products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This makes it more difficult for the government to require Johnson and Johnson to place warning labels on their Talc products. But recent lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson could result in the company adding new warning labels to Baby Powder.

These lawsuits have been fueled by mounting evidence linking Baby Powder to ovarian cancer. In 1971, British researchers were the first to discover the possibility that Talcum Powder (Baby Powder), may pose risks. They analyzed 13 ovarian tumors and found talc particles “deeply embedded” in 10 of the tumors. In 1982 Dr. Daniel Cramer, an epidemiologists at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, published a study in the journal Cancershowing a statistical link between genital talc use and ovarian cancer. Since Dr. Cramer study, an additional 20 epidemiological studies have found that long term perineal talc use increases the risk of ovarian cancer by about 33 percent. The links between talc and ovarian cancer are so strong that the World Health Organization in 2006 issues a statement warning that talc may cause cancer.

Talcum powder lawsuitsThe link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder was originally discovered in 1971 in a study that revealed talc particles in the ovarian tissue of cancer patients.

This was the first instance in which medical professionals realized women were at risk when using the powder on their genitals, sanitary pads, diaphragms, and in condoms. Talc particles easily made their way into the vagina and were able to travel deeper into the reproductive organs. One sample study demonstrated the ability of carbon particles to travel through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes in as little as 30 minutes, leading researchers to believe the same was possible with talc particles.

Despite the original findings and subsequent studies that have supported the original research, talc mining companies and Johnson & Johnson continue to argue against the connection citing insufficient evidence. The company has also managed to keep its product on the market without a warning for nearly half a century after the original discovery.

Talcum Powder lawsuitsAfter a second jury in three months found Johnson & Johnson liable for ovarian cancer potentially caused by their talcum powder products, the company is under extreme pressure to settle its other claims.

In the latest case, a jury awarded Gloria Ristesund $55 million after she suffered from ovarian cancer potentially caused by Johnson and Johnson’s talcum products.

There are about 1,200 other lawsuits claiming a talc-ovarian cancer link filed against Johnson & Johnson.

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