Talcum Powder Increases Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Long-time users of Johnson and Johnson's products containing talc powder are concerned about their risks of ovarian cancer. For many, the battle has been lost to ovarian cancer. The recent victory against Johnson & Johnson came months later to a woman who lost her life to ovarian cancer. The jury in St. Louis ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to her estate. Johnson & Johnson was found guilty of conspiracy to conceal the potential risks of its talcum powder products, negligence, and failure to warn consumers.

So how much at risk are users of talc products? A prominent researcher in this field is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He claims there is about a 30% increased risk for ovarian cancer for talc users. He also testified at the Johnson & Johnson trial as a paid expert witness. His research in this field goes back for three decades, and he first discovered the link between talc use and ovarian cancer in 1982. He has led over 20 case-control studies that support this link between talc and ovarian cancer.

While some disagree with the researcher’s findings, many are now warning consumers to stop using talc products as a part of their daily feminine hygiene. A 30% increase in the risk of ovarian cancer is an alarming and scary finding.

If you or someone you love has battled ovarian cancer and has used Johnson and Johnson’s talc products, it is imperative that you contact St. Louis’ best product liability attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, today.

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