Talcum powder, such as that found in Johnson & Johnson baby powder, has been a standard household item for over 100 years. On May 2, 2016, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a woman from South Dakota, finding that the woman’s ovarian cancer was caused by years of using talcum baby powder. This follows a February 2016 jury verdict, of $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who also died of ovarian cancer believed to be caused by use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talcum products. The lawsuits and a discussion of the associated cancer risks from talcum powder were recently covered by The New York Times’ “Well” blog.
Evidence showed that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of using a product that contains talc, but failed to warn consumers.
Talc, a naturally occurring mineral, contains magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen and is used to absorb moisture. In powdered form, talc absorbs moisture and cuts down on friction, which is why it’s popular for preventing rashes and keeping skin dry.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of James S. Rogers are currently handling cases of individuals that have developed ovarian cancer as a result of talcum powder use.