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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. Several 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 $4.7 billion verdict.


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 February 2016, a jury awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer, and a separate jury awarded $55 million in another talc ovarian cancer in May 2016, involving a woman who developed ovarian cancer following decades of using the popular products. Another verdict of $70 million in damages was awarded in October 2016 in a similar case. A verdict in May in yet another case resulted in $110 million in damages. However, the largest verdict was handed down in August 2017 by a California jury, who hit Johnson & Johnson with a $417 million verdict. That verdict has since been overturned and a new trial ordered.

In February 2017, Johnson & Johnson won its first defense verdict,.and in June 2017 another case was declared a mistrial following a Supreme Court decision limiting plaintiffs’ options for filing in state courts. Another California jury awarded a woman $29 million in March 2019.

However, the largest decision came in August 2018, when a group of 22 women were awarded $4.7 billion, in a verdict that was later upheld based on the amount of evidence indicating the company knew about the risks of ovarian cancer but failed to warn women or doctors for decades.

In early 2019, Johnson & Johnson settled three cases that were headed for trial, but has yet to announce efforts to reach a global settlement. That was followed by a $325 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in New York’s so-called “asbestos court.”

In addition to ovarian cancer, several recent studies have suggested that talcum powder may have similar effects to asbestos and could cause mesothelioma. A November 2018 report indicated that internal memos within Johnson & Johnson revealed the company knew about the potential asbestos problem since at least the 1950s.

On October 18, the FDA announced it had discovered asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder, resulting in a recall of 33,000 bottles sold at major pharmacies nationwide. It is the first recall in the product’s history, according to Johnson & Johnson.

All talcum powder cancer lawsuits filed in federal courts nationwide are consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The first talcum powder bellwether trial is scheduled to begin in April 2022.

Johnson & Johnson now reportedly faces a federal criminal probe into what it knew about talcum powder asbestos contamination.

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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  1. Vivian Reply

    I have been using Johnson and Johnson baby powder ever since i was 18. Then in 2002 i had lost so much blood and came to find out i had 5 fibroids and had to have surgery, do i would have died if i didn’t go to the emergency room. I had a hysterectomy and a blood confusion. But after i learned about this powder thing i stopped using it. Would this be part of suing?

  2. Dorothy Reply

    I used talcum powder for the majority of years. I was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer in 1988. I had several surgeries until 1996. My initial issue started with constipation and discomforts. Do I have a case?

  3. Susan Reply

    I used baby powder for years and had awful periods lost lots of blood went to emergency room and was even told id never have kids. could not find reason as to why I couldn’t ovulate. I have up on life and my hygiene routine with baby powder. I became pregnant. I started my routine again and I’m struggling yet again to get pregnant is this due to the baby powder?

  4. Steve Reply

    My wife used talcum powder all of her life after showers. She developed ovarian cancer stage 4 and passed in 2005 at the age of 53.
    Do not use this product if you are a female.

  5. Velta Reply

    My grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer and she used the powder every day .

  6. frances Reply

    I began using Shower to Shower talcum powder when I was a teen .. then J&J Baby Powder … I had a very rare Lymphoma …I had a partial hysterectomy yrs ago … I wonder if it all came from use the talcum powder ….

  7. Kathy Reply

    My mom used baby powder after showering my entire life. Then developed masses on her ovaries I believe in 2010. It started out with constipation symptoms. She was in ICU for months. The biopsies showed low grade in the masses. But because of these masses she ended up dying from complications in 2015. If it weren’t for the masses she won’t have been constipated; which caused her to become septic.

  8. Martha Reply

    My Mother, an RN used Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder on me and I have always coniinuef to use it.
    I never used the other products offered. The only powder I enjoy and use is Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder no thought to change to a ourser product.
    When I apply the powder I use a powder puff to. lightoy apply.
    I do not rub the powder on my body only lightly dust onto my body .
    I have had yeast infections but never
    Inked them to Baby Powder.
    I am 71 years old and will always use the fine Jphndon and
    Johnson Baby Powder prior to dressing. It makes me feel dry and not sticky!
    I feel no negative towardthis product and would be very sad if it were no longer available!
    I am so sorry to those who have
    Had problems and their families.
    But how were they applying the powder?
    Lightly dusting is the only proper way to apply!
    Rubbing it onto any part of the body is not
    Please don’t take this produce away from we who use it properly!! … And enjoy its use!!
    Please pass on to the attorneys on the other side too!!

  9. Laurie Reply

    my 20 year old daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 5 months ago – I used j&j baby powder on her for years then shower to shower when she was older.

  10. Susan Reply

    I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 at age 64 after using talcum since teens. Am still here by the grace of God and very aggressive treatment. It’s been an emotional roller coaster not to be wished on anyone.

  11. Alex Reply

    My mother also used Johnson and Johnson baby powder much of her life and in 1991 she also developed ovarian cancer too ! She had had a lot of complications since she had treatment for the cancer and continues to have them till this day , as a kid I remembered my mother always using the power for years and part a routine ritual afte she showered I always seen the power rubbed on her upper chest and back, I can t believe that this could have been a result of her having this form of cancer but now and days it doesn’t surprise me that threw science and technology today that they could link this go her cancer sad indeed but suf it is then if anyone deserved a fair settlement it should be her! for all those years till this day living with what could have developed as result of this product and even those that formed the same cancer because of this powered too having to live like that having to go threw radiation surgeries and what not they deserve it very much so not exclude the family members too having to go threw with it with them as well so we’re do we start ? With whom we contact about this ?lmk

  12. Cynthia Reply

    I had minimal menstrual problems as a teenager. I conceived, carried and vaginally delivered three babies (1991,1996 1998). I used J&J powder on my babies and my personal body parts daily. In 2008, I had severe abdomen pain and cramping off and on all year. Finally after doubling over one morning I couldn’t even go to work, I went into ER. They addressed my pain in my uterus area told me see a OBGYN. I did and a vaginal ultrasound reveled my uterus was completely full of fibroid tumors. They said my uterus was the size of a football and it was as if I was 5 months pregnant but not pregnant.
    My question is…why just ovarian cancer linked with talc powder? The powder has to pass through the uterus to reach the ovaries. What about us fibroid tumor girls who suffered and lost our uterus’ due to talc usage? Thank you for your help.

  13. Jerzy Reply

    I have used the talcum powder, I understand that it can be absorbed through the skin, just like anything else, that is why people are using the latex gloves, how many men, got the cancer in the prostate, I strongly recommend that you look into this.

  14. MARY Reply

    My mom use johnson and johnson baby powder for years and she passed away.2005. from
    ovarian cancer.They throught she had just stomach problems.

  15. Stephanie Reply

    I experienced heavy bleeding during my periods I never contributed it to the baby powder. I had surgery to slow down the bleeding. I had the procedure performed 9/11/2006 or 2007. In champaign,Illinois

  16. Belinda Reply

    I have used shower to shower for many years on my breast, private areas and I ended up with breast cancer in June 2014. Surgery in July 2014, cancer treatment…..could the powder have caused my breast cancer also……

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  18. Jody Reply

    Total historme maybe baby powder

  19. geoff Reply

    One of the comments above asked the question why only ovarian cancer… why not say all cancers of the reproductive system can be as a result of using talcum powder? The answer to the question is simple. Because you can not make a real case against talcum powder in relation to the general suite of reproductive system cancers. Just as you can not make a case against talcum powders based on the “presence of talc at the site of the cancer”. A witness at the scene of the crime does not HAVE to be the perpetrator.

  20. Shannon Reply

    I have been using Johnson & Johnson all my life. In 2010 I found out that my vagina was in enlarged. Then I found out that I had fibro tumors. In 2014 because I would lose so much blood had so much pain. I had to have a full hysterectomy.

  21. Stacey Reply

    For years I have been bleeding so heavy and I found I had firbroid tumors and I use did Johnson and Johnson baby Shower to Showe powder for years am doing I had blood transfusion and I didn’t have any medical Insurance at the time and applied for Social Security and had a SSI Lawyer because I kept getting denied and was the only way I could had to get the surgery so I had a full Hysterectomy in 2011 when I got approved for Social Security Income and Medicaid I suffered from 2006 until 2011 because I kept getting denied because of no medical Insurance at the time

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  23. MARY Reply

    my daughter Sara and I used Johnson and Johnson powder for years, I had to have hysterecomy and Sara had Cancer of the uterus. She had chemo after a complete hysterecomy.

  24. Margie Reply

    I, also used Shower to Shower through my young years . I loved the smell, so fresh .
    My periods became very heavy for 5 days each month and I always thought I was going to bleed to death . At the age of 49 I had a total hysterectomy because of 5 inbeded firbroid tumors and one of them was the size of a hen egg . On my sons I used baby power on them . They both have breathing problems. We are all up in age now and I do wish I had known, I wouldn’t have used it on my children or myself. I trusted Johnson and Johnson products. Had no ideal I was harming us..

  25. Carol Reply

    I used Johnson&Johnson baby powder for years. I was diagnosed with ovarian and fallopian tube cancer in 2004. Chemo followed as well as doctors visits for 0 years. An oncologist and gynecologist. I was in a low category for risk and do not carry the BRCA 1 or 2 gene.

  26. Sandra Reply

    My husband has played Little League, Babe Ruth, Summer Ball, High School. UF College baseball, travel softball. Coached little league, Babe Ruth, Summer Little League, Adult travel Ball all his life. He also took a “Baby Talc Powder bath before he went out in the heat, all those years. Any chance we has a good law suite ? He had cancer and passed away October, 11, 2011.

  27. Sugar Reply

    I developed an unusually large fibroids mass at a very early age in my life. I struggled with it for years and finally had a hysterectomy in 2014. That was the last resort to safe my life. I had always used J&J powder throughout my childhood and school days. I would like to know if there is a relationship between the kind of aggressive and monster fibroids I had and frequent use of J&J talcum powder. I had always wondered why the fibroids started so early and remained so so aggressive. When I learnt about this issue with talc, it got me thinking and now I so wish I had stayed away from that stuff. I will appreciate any thoughts or comments.

  28. Laurie Reply

    I have used J & J Baby Powder in the past and used to get heavy periods and then found out I had multiple fibroids which caused massive hemmorrhaging. Had to have a proceedure to cauterize my uterus. Could this be caused by using J & J baby Powder?

  29. Nell Reply

    J/J baby powder was always touted
    as the standard for maintaining freshness and a just cleansed feel-ing “down there” by my aunt, full of life/ educated! However, this zeal faded when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer which she hid for a while from the family. Her abdomen was as hard as a brick and indeed scary. She finally re-
    vealed that she had undergone
    treatment with everything seeming to be fine, cured or “healed” so she thought. This cancer would return if it had in fact ever left. My aunt would be in great agony that was eased by her access to dispensa-
    tion of morphine until she faded away although merely in her fifties!

  30. William Reply

    Real scientific evidence shows that there is really no link between J&J Baby powder and Shower To Shower powder and Ovarian cancer or Mesothelioma.
    Lawyers have been depending on “Junk Science” to prove otherwise.

  31. Richard Reply

    Why don’t men who use Talcum powder get Testicular or scrotal or penile cancer- stupid!

  32. Tracy Reply

    There are different types of Ovarian
    Cancer and Uterine Cancers, however, Epithelial High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer can be related to Mesothelioma/Asbestos in Fallopian Tube and Ovaries. If you used Talc daily contact an Attorney.

  33. Linda Reply

    I am 53 now and my entire adult life was hampered with heavy menstrual cramping and blood loss. I have six children and requested help from doctors many times. friends told me that was normal after so many children. I had a 2.3 hemoglobin level, emergency 4 pt. blood transfusion and 2 years of attempting to regain health. I had two uterine fibroids, one being finally 16 cm when surgical removal of just the whole, in-tact fibroids was approved, as I did not want any organs removed.
    I have used Johnson’s baby powder since I was a kid and loved the smell and ability to keep myself dry and fresh. I also used baby powder liberally with all of my children during their infancy to prevent diaper rash.
    If baby powder with asbestos is at the root of this, I would like compensation for my losses of freedom, health, and ability to thrive and prosper as an adult. I suffered immensely and almost died in 2015 before medical intervention. I have never been able to fully function without extreme stress and embarrassment or had to decline work due to heavy, uncontrollable blood loss for 5-7 days monthly.

  34. Cecilia Reply

    I used j&j all my life but had bad periods dev horrible fibroids eventually had a full hysterectomy every month felt like I was in labor. Do I have a case?

  35. Veronica Reply

    I grew using Johnson’s Baby powder, later shower to shower powder; in my late 30’s my period became extremely heavy lasting up to 10 days. I was diagnosed with fibroids which resulted in a total hysterectomy. As mother I used it on my daughter, at about 6mo she developed a black rash , I was advised by her pediatrician discontinue the johnson and johnson powder. Do I have a case?

  36. Melissa Reply

    I had problems with my ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and uterus ever since I was a teenager. I was diagnosed three times with ovarian and uterine cancer ultimately leading to have a complete hysterectomy at the age of 28. My earliest remembrance of using the J&J products was when I was three years old by my mother up until the time that I showered myself and she showed me the routine to do myself. As I got older I had been a daily user of the powder as well as shower to shower both the blue and the purple kind. After being forced into menopause at the age of 28 I have had nothing but health problems ever since. This is something that has completely changed the trajectory of my life in pretty much every way on the daily. I unfortunately lost my husband to cancer in 2011 however I’ve met a man that I’ve been with for over a year now who is 39 years old and I am unable to give him any children of his own and we are set to be married. Although he says that this is not a dealbreaker that I can not give him a child of his own, I feel that this was a decision that I or we really have had unjustly taken away from us to actually have the opportunity to make. I am very thankful of the Lord as he always does have a way of providing.

  37. Therese Reply

    I was brought up using baby powder and continues to use it as an adult. A little sprinkle here and there. I had been raised to sprinkle a little in my underwear especially that time of month. In 2004 at the age of 38 I had to have an emergent hysterectomy. 6 months after my normal pap. I have always ad abnormal pap and had to have repeats but this time it was normal which I know something was wrong. 6 months later after having continued pain in my lower abdomen and pain shooting down my legs I went back. My new gyn found multi cysts, fibroids, palaps, pre cancerous cells cin 4, and Endimeteois I also had extremely heavy periods. I had an urgent hyst. Dr want emergency bit I was trying to get my 18 yr old son off to the military. My son did not have a clue or he would not have gone. The dr removed everything except my fallopian tubes so that I can through the normal change of life. I still get pain from time to time but he thinks it is fine. Is this worth looking into. Am 53 now. Dr said that I had a little virus called hpv.. WTF.. I asked what is hvp and he described it to me as a little cild in my cervical. This is right before the big awareness on hpv… Is this worth looking into?

  38. Neva Reply

    I also used talcum powder nearly daily from age 20 until mid 40’s. I started hemorrhaging several times and was diagnosed with a very large fibroid tumor (grapefruit sized) It was decided that I needed to have a complete hysterectomy. I have read since then, that talcum powder can cause fibroids as well.

  39. Mike Reply

    Why would I want to sew(sp)? I have been taking it for more that 20 years, 10 of them at a high dosage W/Liver Cancer here in Florida? By the time any money came to me you would have to deliver it 6 feet down. Waiting list is years long for a liver . . . not to mention the time it would take to get the money.

    I am not putting my phone number on here to receive the computer phone call every other day.

    If you passed the Bar here, you can leave your number.

  40. James Reply

    My precious mother you shower to shower Johnson baby powder product she too died of ovarian cancer last year on the 21st I know that this product caused it because it was determined in her medical documentation that this was done by powder it is atrocity that they are allowed to keep telling this product it is an atrocity that they claim to be a care product company when what they’re doing is causing cancer and killing us when will this stop when Johnson & Johnson needs to be brought to the ground and not allowed to be considered a care company anymore there are cancer-causing killing companies

  41. Martin Reply

    There is no evidence that would stand up to real science that talc causes ovarian cancer. The fact that you used talc an got ovarian cancer does not tell you the talc caused it.

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