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Thousands of women throughout the United States may have developed ovarian cancer from side effects of talcum powder. Lawsuits are being investigated over allegedly inadequate warnings provided by manufacturers who sell talcum-based products under various different names, including Baby Powder, Body Powder and Talc Powder.

STATUS OF TALC POWDER LAWSUITS Product liability lawyers are reviewing potential talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits for women throughout the United States. At least two cases have already been successful at trial against Johnson & Johnson over failure to warn about the risk of ovarian cancer, with one resulting in a $72 million verdict for the plaintiff’s family.

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OVERVIEW: Talcum powder is derived from talc, which is a hydrated magnesium silicate. It is used for a multitude of purposes and is in many, if not most, U.S. households in some form or another.

While it is most commonly known as Baby Powder, used to prevent or treat rashes, many women also talc powder for personal hygiene and cosmetics. As a result, many different products are also marketed as body powder, such as “Shower to Shower” and other brand names.

Talc contained in many of these powders is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. While talc powder is generally recognized as safe, it may pose serious and potentially life-threatening health concerns when used for feminine hygiene.

TALC POWDER OVARIAN CANCER RISKS: Concerns over the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer has been suspected for decades. However, the manufacturers have sold talc body powder as a safe product, withholding important safety information from consumers.

As early as 1971, researchers found talc embedded in 75% of all ovarian tumors researchers studied. In addition, several studies and reports have confirmed that talc applied to a woman’s genital area may travel through the vagina and into the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

In June 2013, a study published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research found that women who used talcum body powder as a feminine hygiene produce may face a 20% to 30% greater risk of ovarian cancer compared to those who do not apply talc.

As a result of Johnson & Johnson’s and other manufacturers’ failure to disclose the potential ovarian cancer risks women may face, financial compensation may be available through a talcum powder lawsuit or settlement.

In October 2013, a South Dakota jury determined that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn women about the risk of ovarian cancer from body powder. The trial involved a 56 year old woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, after using Johnson & Johnson Shower-to-Shower talc powder. Three doctors who examined her cancer tissue found talc in the tissue using an electron microscope, and determined that her cancer was caused by the body powder.

According to testimony offered by one expert during that trial, it is estimated that 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer may be caused by talcum powder each year.

In addition to ovarian cancer, several recent studies have suggested that talcum powder may have similar effects to asbestos and could cause mesothelioma.

FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A TALC POWDER OVARIAN CANCER SETTLEMENT: Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided by talcum powder lawyers for women throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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45 comments

  1. Patricia Reply

    i always used baby powder I am 68 years old and have used it for years last late January my stomach started getting big at first I thought it was constipation I was driving a big truck and places you stop for food sometimes is not good anyway tried laxatives tummy kept getting bigger we were in Arizona at the time well my tummy looked like I was 9 months pregnant so I went to emergency room and after tests found out I had a mass in my stomach my daughter flew me home on 29th of January I was in hospital in Jacksonville fla for major surgery they took out 7 and one half of fluid from my stomach also removed mass appendix then I have done 9 months of chemo I got to 97 lbs was scared I was not going to make it but I seem to be okay have not worked in 14 months as I was very ill I am hoping I will be ok this took a lot out of me I was never one sick except for colds once in awhile I just want to live and see my grankids grow up

  2. J. R. Nakken Reply

    I would want to know for sure – with certifiable proof – that a household name such as Johnson and Johnson KNEW that talc might be responsible for ovarian cancer, and did nothing or worse.

    Is such proof available?

  3. Treva Reply

    I also want to know for sure if the many containers of powder I used through my life caused my cancer. I never saw a warning on a container of talc powder, whether it was J&J or any other I used.

  4. Randi Reply

    I’ve used baby powder and powder to powder my entire life. Keeps you dry down there. I suffered cervical cancer quite a few years ago. Could that have been from that powder?

  5. SHERRA Reply

    My daughter who is 26 is suffering now with ovarian cancer and I did use powder on her. What are the qualifying guidelines for her to file a case?

  6. victoria Reply

    Shame shame to all you talc an powders for not saying anything to us moms who used this product on our babys and daugthers.and I myself used this for the same reason to keep things dry.And my mother before me,I’m looking at a long line here people whats up ?Well guess what is checkup time.

  7. Gena Reply

    I had to have a hysterectomy at the age of 29 due to gynecological issues. The results came back as having stage 1 ovarian cancer. I used shower to shower and baby powder for most of teenage and young adult life. I would like to know if the use of talcum powder is associated with ovarian cancer

  8. theressa Reply

    I at the age of 38 had a 23cm tumor on my right ovary. It was so large that it was pushing my organs over. I used shower toshowerever since I was 13 years old. I was still useing Iit after my surgery in 2007. I got cancer again in 2013 and had everything removed down there. I was still useing shower to shower up until 2 weeks ago when I found out about this law suit. This is sad that women were told nothing about this threat at all and yet we are getting sick and some have even died.

  9. Tara Reply

    Ok..what about all the OTHER powders on the market, such as the make up powders we all use. The majority of those are TALC powder.

  10. cal Reply

    how about talcum powder on the anus or rectum?

  11. juan Reply

    my mother have used talc powered for years.Then she began having an abnormal odor down there. We couldn’t figure it out, took her to hospital cause she began getting sick,finally the doctors tell her the odor is coming from her ovaries, she has ovarian cancer.How when they could have sought that long before, as we took her back and forth for test and check-ups? Now they recommended an hysterectomy for her to get better the,Doctors stated and placing her on all this medication She did seemed better for a couple years or better, going routinely back and forth to her appts; she started getting sick again.Our lovely mother passed away last January 7,2014. with a lot of Questions unanswered.Please tell me if you can help me determined if TALC was the initial cause and or malpractice.

  12. bob Reply

    My wife died in 2005 from ovarian cancer she was only 47 she used Johnson baby powder for a number of years maybe if this company would have said something my wife would still be alive

  13. Marvin Reply

    I have used Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower Powder all my Life! Could it caused my Prostate Cancer?

  14. lisa Reply

    I have used this product years ago. Couple of years ago I had cancerous tumors on my ovaries and uterus I had a total hysterectomy. Could this refer to me as well?

  15. Lacie Reply

    I used shower to shower powder for years and in January my stomach began to swell. I went to my obgyn and after tests and ultra sounds I was told that I had a mass the size of a small basketball on my left ovary. I was then sent to an obgyn oncologist who confirmed it was bad, I had to have a full hysterectomy they then found another mass on my abdominal wall. I was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer. I am 36 with the possibility if chemo doesn’t work to die before I am 40. I am disgusted that they knew all this and didn’t do anything to protect us woman. It is beyond terrible what they have done and still are doing.

  16. Heidi Reply

    I had a talc pleuradesis on my lung where they spray talc onto the pleura. I have had pulmonary embolisms and fibrosis in my lungs. I have many other complications from the talc. Is this at all interesting for a possible lawsuit? I know the physicians at the Mayo Clinic will not perform this surgery any more due to the seriousness of the complications.
    Please let me know your thoughts on this.
    Thank you.

  17. Teri Reply

    I am really upset that I’m just now finding out that this could have happened to me and all other women who used all brands of baby powder -especially J&J . We’ve all pretty much used it from the time our mom’s sprinkled it on us as infants to when we went through puberty and then through womanhood and tried to hygienically feel and stay fresh and dry all the time. If it’s “baby powder” it should be trusted enough to use as adults. Boy was I wrong !! No history of Ovarian Cancer in the family and I got it anyway. I was diagnosed in 2006 of Stage 3C ovarian cancer and have been in treatment ever since, No remission, or ever deemed cancer free . I have gone through the ENTIRE arsenal of Chemotheraphy in every combination and then some. I had a full hysterectomy ( all reproductive organs removed- My Ovaries, Uterus,. Fallopian Tubes, Cervix. ) and Oh, don’t forget instant menopause.

  18. Wilma Reply

    I had to have a total hysterectomy at the age of 20. I had used j&j powder all through my teen years. Future plans that my husband and I had to have more children were stolen from us at that time and dealing with the feelings of this at such a young age was horrific to say the least. That was 30 years ago and of course there is no way to pursue compensation after so many years. It’s a shame that companies such as these can ruin our lives for the sake of the all mighty dollar and get away with it. I hope others will be saved the nightmare I’ve lived since this connection is finally being brought to everyone’s attention. Words can’t describe what something like this can do to your life.

  19. Yolanda Reply

    My mother used shower to shower all my life and had ovarian cancer and sadly passed away a couple of years ago. My family is devastated that she was taken from us so early when her illness could have been prevented. Does my family have any options since she is already gone?

  20. Lea Reply

    My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009, and she died in 2011 after going through horrendous pain and agony. She used Shower to Shower talcum powder or some other brand of talcum powder for over 60 years. We currently have a lawsuit in process. These companies need to be punished, and the best way is through monetary compensation. That’s all they care about, so that’s what will hurt them the most. They helped take my mother from me and my siblings, and they will pay.

  21. Dolores Reply

    My mother was 62 yrs old when she was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus, on her birthday in 1982. She died less than 6 mos after her diagnosis. My mother used talcum based powders for as long as I can remember during my childhood of age 8 to my adult life of age 32 yrs old when she passed. Her favorites of talcum powders were Shower to Shower, Avon fragranced talcum powders and baby powder. She used these powders to stay dry, and fresh smelling because she was a heavy woman and did sweat in her genital area a lot especially during warm weather.

  22. Shari Reply

    I have used Shower to Shower Powder for many years. In June 2010 I hemorrhaged and ended up with a Total Hysterectomy. The day I was being released from the hospital my doctor came into my room to advise me that the Pathologist found cancer. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Type 1A Endometrial Cancer. Stage 1 since the cancer had not yet penetrated the outer muscle and believe that all of the cancer was removed. I am now wondering if the use of the Shower to Shower powder is the culprit to cause this. I still use Shower to Shower to this day but now thinking I should throw it away and find something that is completely safe to use.

  23. Tina Reply

    I Had it in my conail and cervix

  24. chasity Reply

    I was in the hospital for chest pains they came back n said I have a,spontaneous pheumothorax the doctors rushed in n said they needed to perform surgery on me they went in with a chest tube. Then they went in a day later with talc n sprayed my lungs. I have been in pain for over a week now all my skin is peeling around my fingers n between my legs n feet I am sure it’s the powder coming out of my pores. N also causing me where I can’t heal properly. The doctor knows this isn’t listen as one of his to dos…. but did it anyway… acts like I should just go on with my life I can’t I feel as if I’m dying from the inside out. Please any answers would be greatly appreciated. I feel like he is trying to kill me n I think he won. Iv lost weight since this n have no appitite. Hard to swollow. So many side affects.. please help

  25. Laurie Reply

    My mom passed away Nov of 1999…she was an avid user of Shower to Shower as long as I can remember…we always teased her that she left a white powdery film in our bathroom because she used so much…mom was an owner of a trucking company and always had her powder on hand to freshen up during long trips. When she passed at age 58, I must of thrown out a dozen containers of that dreadful powder from her bathroom closet….never knowing it was the culprit. I even have the BRAC analysis performed on myself to make sure it was not hereditary. I’m hoping that J&J makes good on all the pain they have caused to our familys.

  26. James Reply

    My wife has been diagnose having ovarian cancer stag 4 life expected 4 to5 years. She gone through kemo treatments loss her, it just took every once of energy out of her. Now diagnose mass deap in her brain,just had surgery,biopsy,more cancer now going through radiation treatment. Just not fare. Live sucks then we all die but when is the question

  27. tammy Reply

    i am now a 53 year old female at the age of 26 i had a early signs of cervacial cancer i had to have a hysterectomy . this is much to young to have your insides yanked out i think ive been going through the change of life ever since and it hasent stoped i used powder after every shower and some times still do i wonder humm do i quaifly for this law suite

  28. Lynn Reply

    I lost my mother 30 years ago to ovarian cancer, she was only 51 and always the strongest person I have ever met. The common thread, she swore by her shower to shower powder, never went a day without it. She would go around singing..a sprinkle a day helps keep odors away. Something so minor as adding a warning could have possibly prevented this, she could have met her grandchildren and still been here with the people who love her.

  29. Cat c Reply

    I had a tumor so big in my stomach people thought I was pregant about 1 year and a half ago I had to have it removed plus ended up getting a total hysterectomy my stomach was hard as a rock at times I wanted to stay in bed and never have to move again I couldn’t handle the pain I have used shower to shower and Johnson baby powder all my life. I have asked myself since my surgery did I use something on my body maybe was making me sick.? God it was a lot to go through I haven’t been the same since, now I’m afraid to use anything on my woman parts for comfort I feel so bad for anyone who has gone through this .. Something needs to be done. God bless!

  30. richard Reply

    my wife just died from ovarian cancer she used johnson and johnson for years she was 56 they found the tumor in june of 2015

  31. Bonita Reply

    On Christmas day 2009 my mother passed away from ovarian cancer. Before her diagnosis, she was having severe pain in her lower abdominal area. Her pants kept getting tighter and she was always bloated. Her stomach started looking like she was 8 months pregnant. My mother ALWAYS used Shower to Shower powder every day to stay fresh between her legs. She would even sprinkle the power on her panty liners. Even when she was diagnosed, she continued to use it. There is no family history of ovarian or breast cancer in our family. For 4 ½ years my mother suffered. She went through 3 cycles of chemo and lost her hair twice. I watched my mother get smaller and smaller until she passed away in my arms. My mother was 69 years old. Before she got sick, she danced, shopped and walked everywhere. Outside of a hangnail or the common cold, my mother was never sick. If this powder is the reason my healthy mom died, something needs to be done to this company. They should have disclosed the information they had.

  32. Amber Reply

    I was diagnosed on 9/11/14, with stage 3c, ovarian cancer. Im still in treatment after having a full total hysterectomy and cancer debulking surgery last March. I will have my 21 st chemo session next week. Its been tough. I too used J&J shower to shower powder daily for many years back in the 90s. Shame on you J&J…

  33. Carmel Reply

    My 80 year mother died of ovarian cancer. She always had baby powder and used it as part of her freshening up routine. I wonder if one had anything to do with other?

  34. Morgan Reply

    My sister the youngest of six girls, passed away
    At the age of 50 from cervical cancer. She was a faithful user of shower to shower. I had a conversation with her about using so must of it
    And she commented to me ” when being at work all it keeps me dry”

  35. Pat Reply

    My mother passed away from ovarian cancer in 1992. Before her diagnosis, she was having severe pain in her lower abdominal area. Her pants kept getting tighter and she was always bloated. Her stomach started looking like she was 8 months pregnant. At first she thought it was constipation even the doctors gave her laxatives. Nothing helped so surgery was scheduled. The doctor told me that they opened her up and closed her up and gave her a month to live.
    That cancer had encased everything.

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  36. Michele Reply

    In 2008 at the age 40 I became very bloated and suffered extreme stomach pain and back pain (similar to back labor)..bleeding heavy 20 days of the month..severe clotting..after many months of dealing with this I went to my primary doctor..test were done and they found a mass…they thought it was a tumor on my right ovary…then I was sent to an obgyn…more scans done and they too thought it was a fibroid tumor on right ovary and extremely large…surgery was performed..incision from belly button to pubic due to size of thought tumor…after surgery I was informed it was not a tumor on my ovary…it was my right ovary and extremely large.. they did perform a complete hysterectomy … (I wont even get into all the problems i had after surgery and needing a wound vac after the 25 staples had been removed and 15 minutes later my stomach ripped wide open) anyway the huge ovary was sent to pathology and I was diagnosed with BODERLINE SEROUS TUMOR OF THE OVARY…they felt 95% sure that cancer was contained inside the ovary so didn’t need any cancer treatments except for just getting the CA125 blood work every 6 months for 5 years…after 5 years of having this bloodwork done twice a year they informed me my numbers were good therefore I was free of cancer and didn’t need to have the blood work test done any further…I have been a user of shower to shower talc and johnsons baby powder for more then 20 years using as a Femine hygiene product..I too am like others and curious if it was the talc I used all these years caused all the pain and suffering and the reason for the cancer and reason for the hysterectomy being necessary. .I have pictures of my actual enlarged ovary filled with cancer.

  37. Theresa Reply

    What about VIN (vulvar intraepithelial neoplasm). Is talc also capable of causing this disease? i’ve had it twice, both times assessed as Stage III, and surgeries to remove the tissue were performed.

  38. Dana Reply

    My sister died at age 49 of Ovarian cancer. Diagnosed stage 4. She was BRCA 1&2 negative. very healthy. Three children. My sister used j&j baby powder whole life for feminine hygegiene. My mom used on us as babies. She suffered tremendously. Such a loss. We still miss her and mourn this tragedy. The fact that j&j had medical link on this is 1971 infuriates me! I will fight this in her memory and for every other unsuspecting person! Disgraceful!

  39. Deb Reply

    All of this breaks my heart. I lost my best friend – my mom – to ovarian cancer in 2008. All she ever wanted to do was take care of herself, so she used talcum powder on a daily basis to keep herself clean and fresh. My father and I used to joke about the powder on the bathroom floor. She has been gone since 2008 and I do wish there was a way I could prove that her diagnosis was linked to her daily use of this product. She deserved so much better – as does every woman who relied on a product that caused this horrible disease. How would one prove this anyway? So very sad. I’m glad I was “lazy” and didn’t like the mess or I’d be in the same boat as my mom.

  40. Dee Reply

    My mother used talcum powder, Johnson and Johnson to be exact, she died of ovarian cancer after having it 2 times.

  41. Rachelle Reply

    My mom has stage 3 ovarian cancer. She has undergone 3 major surgeries; the initial tumor debunking, a few years later another surgery to remove tumors that grown and spread, and the her last surgery, to remove 1/2 her stomach, spleen, colon, pancreas, etc. She’s had to suffer through years and years of all different kinds of chemotherapy/side effects. A month ago, we were told that the cancer has again spread, now to her liver and her lymph nodes. She will be 80 in November and she has had enough. She will do no more chemotherapy. She weighs 88#’s with her clothes on and even if she did choose chemo, she is just not strong enough to survive it. And yes, she always used talc powder; either J & J baby powder or shower to shower. She also used J & J baby powder on all of us when we were babies. As did I on our 3 children. ☹️

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  43. Cathy Reply

    Diagnosed at 36 but I also have BRAC 1 would I qualify? I used powder daily.

  44. Linda Reply

    My mom used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Shower to Shower powder for as long as I can remember.She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1974.She was a very healthy woman that worked every day. She had a hysterectomy after she gave birth to my baby sister in June of 1973. My mom’s health started declining in 1975. I watched her dying slowly.She had lost so much weight that she didn’t look like herself.My Mom truly suffered. In June of 1980 my mom passed away at the young age of 38.She is truly missed

  45. Paris Reply

    My mom used that Johnson & Johnson along with that Shower To Shower religiously. I was a little girl back. It was always in our bathroom cabinet as #1 product throughout our house. She even sang the song to the Shower to Shower Commercial. “A Shower A Day Helps Keep The Odor Away”. She always wanted to smell fresh and clean. When she came home from work and smelling like a restaurant as a cook; she made sure she would use J & J. The main place was putting it down in her private area. When she finished her bath that Johnson and Johnson or Shower was the first thing. She made all of us girls use it also. Thank God I had graduated from Nursing school and being able to help her be a little more comfortable before she died. She didn’t want anybody bathing her. I remember it so clear, putting that powder on her after I bathe her. My mother was like my private patient after getting out of the nursing classes. I myself stopped using that powder a little after my mom passed. At least not in the private area was the Dr’s order. However, I also use to wonder why would the Doctors cut on my mother’s neck, and her foot when the problem was in her ovaries, her uterus. I always felt My mother was used as an experiment. She was only 38 years old when she died. She was about 5’8 weighed around 190 pounds. When she died it as on Father’s Day June 15th 1980. She weighed somewhere around 80 pounds. Up until her death she wanted that powder down in her private area. Everything that has a clean smell doesn’t mean a thing. She never got the chance to see her children or grandchildren grow. Knowing that this Johnson and Johnson could have played a part in my mothers death makes me sick to my stomach and especially if they KNEW about the risk of this product. Woman use this powder everywhere around the country that’s crazy. My sister is Linda is on point just above. My mother’s youngest was 7 years of age, and I was 19 at the time. Memories I will never forget. I sure do miss her.

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