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Talcum Powder

The attorneys of Baldante & Rubenstein are representing women that have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer from their use of talcum powder.

Talc is a naturally recurring clay mineral often found near asbestos. For decades, talcum powder has been widely used to keep skin dry and to prevent irritation and rashes. However, when this product is used on or near women’s genitals, particles can travel into the ovaries leading to cancer. It has long been known that there is a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.  In the early 1970s, studies of ovarian cancer patients showed particles of talc in their ovarian tissue.  Johnson & Johnson is the most widely known producer and marketer of talcum powder, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.  Johnson & Johnson targeted women to use the powder for feminine hygiene. For example, they had a marketing campaign “A sprinkle a day keeps the odor away.”  Despite scientific evidence that there was a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of talcum powder continued to use and promote talcum powder’s use to consumers without providing any warnings of this risk.  Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products were notably marketed towards African-American and Hispanic women.  In 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified talcum powder as a possible human carcinogen if used in the female genital area.  In 2018, a Reuters investigation found that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that there was asbestos in its baby powder.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used talcum powder products, please immediately call the attorneys of Baldante & Rubenstein so that we can provide a timely free consultation, properly investigate your claim, and obtain justice for you from the responsible party.