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Talcum Powder and Uterine Cancer Linked in JJ Lawsuit

Aug 2, 2016

In the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, another talcum powder lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The plaintiff alleges that after using J&J's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products as part of her daily feminine hygiene regimen for years, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, reports Injury Lawyer News.

The plaintiff claims that she used J&J's personal care products for decades, and at that time, the products' labels did not contain information warning the consumer use of these products might carry a cancer risk. She received her uterine cancer diagnosis in 2006 and since 2007, has been in remission after undergoing surgery to remove her ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes.

J&J products have long been touted as the hallmark of freshness and superior hygiene, as well as a simple, safe, and economical way to eliminate excess skin moisture, prevent chafing, and eliminate unpleasant odors. The plaintiff alleges that J&J had vast and increasing knowledge of the dangers of ovarian and uterine cancer and that the company continued to market its talc products despite this awareness.

Talc is a mineral comprised of oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. In the early 1970s, numerous studies revealed a likely connection between talc and new cases of ovarian cancer. The plaintiff alleges that more than 22 such studies proved an elevated risk of cancer from women who reported regular genital use of talc-based products. Advocacy groups as well as consumers, called upon J&J to at least add strong warning language to their package labels.

The family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million in February 2016. Another plaintiff in May 2016, won a $55 million jury award from J&J. Over 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits are pending in which J&J is accused of dismissing or minimizing the cancer risk involved with the use of talc-based products. The number of cases and multidistrict litigation (MDL) to streamline pretrial rulings, will in all likelihood, continue to grow, according to Injury Lawyer News.

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