Despite years of research indicating a link between side effects of talcum powder and ovarian cancer, women using Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower body powder have been provided inadequate warnings.
As a result, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent women and families throughout the U.S. who are pursuing financial compensation after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of Baby Powder side effects or Shower-to-Shower side effects.
While Johnson’s Baby Powder is most commonly associated with infant use, the talc-based powder is widely used by women as a general body powder and for feminine hygiene purposes. The back of the package provides directions for use on baby’s, as well as adults, indicating: “For you, use every day to help feel soft, fresh, and comfortable.”
The popularity of Johnson’s Baby Powder among women for feminine hygiene led to the development of Shower-to-Shower powder. However, both products have been marketed without providing women information about the potential cancer risk.
Talcum Powder Warnings
The only information provided in the Johnson’s Baby Powder warnings indicate:
“For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Close tightly after use. Do not use on broken skin. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep powder away from child’s face to avoid inhalation, which can cause breathing problems.”
Even less information has been provided to women in the Shower-to-Shower warnings, which indicate:
“CAUTION: If rash or irritation develops, discontinue use. Do not apply to broken, irritated skin.”
Shower-to-Shower, Baby Powder Cancer Side Effects
Although the manufacturers continue to deny that there is a link between use of their products and a risk of ovarian cancer, multiple studies have provided evidence of a link. To ensure that women are given an adequate opportunity to decide whether the benefits provided by the products justify the potential risk of ovarian cancer.
For more than 40 years, studies have suggested that women may face talcum powder cancer side effects, with evidence of talc found inside of many ovarian tumors.
Multiple reports suggest that Johnson & Johnson has had information for years that suggests women may be three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer if they use talcum powder around their genitals. However, lawsuits allege that the manufacturer must have concluded that warning consumers would negatively impact sales.
In 2013, a study published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research looked at data on about 2,000 women who used talcum powder on the genital area. The findings suggested that women who use talc body powder may face a 20% to 30% higher risk of ovarian cancer when compared to women who do not use the baby powder or body powder products.
Some experts have suggested that more than 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year may be caused by problems with talcum powder. Despite those studies, the potential cancer side effects of talcum powder have never been adequately disclosed by the manufacturer.
Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits
To determine whether you, a friend or family member may be eligible to pursue an ovarian cancer lawsuit over talcum powder side effects, contact Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. today to request a free consultation and case evaluation.
All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expense to hire our law firm and we only receive attorney fees or expenses if a recovery or settlement is obtained.