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Why Is Talcum Powder Used After Cancer Link?

Why Is Talcum Powder Used After Cancer Link?

After two verdicts made by St. Louis juries agreeing that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, many researchers are asking, why is talcum powder still used? Many women, specifically mostly African American females, have used talcum powder as a part of their hygiene routine for years. Many of those women are now being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Research has indicated that using talcum powder on female genitals can cause ovarian cancer. Talcum is a mineral that absorbs any moisture, and when it is placed on the genitals or the undergarments of women, the particles can travel up the vagina and attach themselves to the ovaries. Many researchers believe that this a direct link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson manufactures and distributes talcum powder in their products Shower to Shower Powder and Baby Powder. Officials are claiming that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the cancer risk many years ago and have failed to inform their consumers. The lack of warning has placed negligence upon Johnson & Johnson. Therefore, in two separate St. Louis trials, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $55 million to a woman suffering from ovarian cancer and $72 million to the family of a deceased woman who died from ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson continues to deny the allegations, but researchers and jurors agree that individuals using talcum powder are at risk of developing cancer.

The St. Louis product liability attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth have represented hundreds of clients that have been wronged by big businesses. We are passionate about fighting for the rights of those consumers who have suffered as a result of a company’s negligence. Our office is conveniently located in downtown St. Louis providing us access to some of the best court systems in the country. If you have used talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer, contact our office today for a free consultation.


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