Talcum powder is a fibrous, white powder made by heavily refined hydrated magnesium silicate that is widely used as a lubricant and to absorb moisture. It's the main ingredient of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower product lines.
As a cosmetic, it’s mostly appreciated for its ability to absorb bad smells and keep the skin dry when sprinkled on underwear, shoes, and after changing infant diapers.
Talcum can be used by direct application on the skin, dusted or sprinkled over underwear, diapers, and sanitary pads.
The Cancer Prevention Research Medical Journal published a report last year which observed 2,000 women who used talcum powder on the genital area and found that those women had a 20-30% higher risk of ovarian cancer. It is estimated that nearly 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer are caused by problems with talcum powder each year.
In May 2018, Joanne Anderson received a $21.7 million jury verdict after a jury concluded that Ms. Anderson's mesothelioma was caused by her use of talcum powder on her children and while she bowled.
In July 2018, a St. Louis jury awarded 22 women $4.6 billion against Johnson & Johnson for causing them to suffer ovarian cancer related to the use of baby powder and asbestos fibers contained in the J&J product.
If you or a loved one used Talcum Powder and were later diagnosed with:
You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer.
There are time deadlines to file a claim so don’t wait – act now.
Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor's advice can result in injury or death.
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