How Does Talcum Powder Pose a Threat to Women’s Health?

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A St. Louis jury awarded 22 women $4.69 billion in compensatory and punitive damages after evidence showed that Johnson & Johnson talc powder products may have caused their ovarian cancer. But how did talcum powder products cause the disease that hurt these women? Here’s more information that could help you understand why this common hygiene product can be dangerous.

The Dangers of Talcum Powder Products

Since the 1970s, talcum powder products have been suspected of being a health hazard for women. Researchers believe these products are contaminated with harmful materials like heavy metals and asbestos. This contamination, and the talc minerals, have been linked to inflammation in the ovaries. Over time, this inflammation can cause cancer. Several studies have come to this conclusion. Yet, Johnson & Johnson has ignored these studies.

How Could Johnson & Johnson Be Responsible for Talc-Linked Ovarian Cancer?

Internal memos revealed in a 2016 lawsuit say Johnson & Johnson knew about the dangers of talc products for years. In 1997, Johnson & Johnson received word that nine studies had shown that women who used talc powder had a significant risk of developing ovarian cancer. But there were other studies published in 1993, 1982 and 1971 that also reported increased risks of ovarian cancer in women who used talc for feminine hygiene.

The company chose to do nothing despite this mounting pile of evidence. Some analysts have suggested Johnson & Johnson used biased research to attempt to discredit studies that warned of talc product risks. These discoveries have led to thousands of women filing lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant, and many more could be on the way. Our law firm represents victims of defective pharmaceutical products including those who have developed ovarian cancer from using talc. If you suspect your ovarian cancer could be linked to Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products, you should consult with an experienced attorney. Here at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. helping the victims of defective products is one of our top priorities.

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