Regular Use of Talcum Powder is Linked to an Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Strong scientific evidence shows that regular, long-term use of talcum powder in the genital area can increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer. Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew this for years, and failed to warn women about the potential health risks associated with products containing talcum powder, including Johnson’s Baby Powder® and Shower to Shower®.



August 2017, a Los Angeles jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman suffering from ovarian cancer linked to the use of baby powder.

May 2017, a Missouri jury awarded $110 million to a Virginia woman.

October 2016, a third jury in Saint Louis awarded more than $70 million in damages to a 62-year-old California woman. The woman claimed her diagnosis to ovarian cancer was a result of her regular use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.

May 2016, a second jury found in favor of a 62-year-old South Dakota woman that also claimed she developed ovarian cancer following regular talcum powder use. The jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million in damages.

February 2016, a jury in St. Louis awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman that died at age 62 from ovarian cancer. The plaintiff’s family argued that the woman’s ovarian cancer was a result of regular talcum powder use.

Over 1,200 lawsuits are now pending against Johnson & Johnson because they failed to warn women for years about the potential risks of ovarian cancer and regular talcum use.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and were a regular user of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products, call The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (1-800-967-8529) to learn more about your legal options.

How Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

Talcum powder products, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder® and Shower to Shower® , are common household products used as deodorant, for feminine hygiene, and for many other purposes. However, many consumers have been unaware that these talcum products may be linked to ovarian cancer.

Regular use of talcum powder on the genital area can cause Talc particles to travel up through the Fallopian tubes and settle in the ovaries. When this occurs, the Talc particles can cause the growth of cancerous cells, leading to tumors and eventually, ovarian cancer.

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Failure To Warn

The exact danger and prevalence of ovarian cancer caused by regular talcum powder use is still a matter of debate. However, there have been suspicions in the medical community for more than 35 years that regular talcum powder use could increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by as much as 20%.

A link between regular talcum powder use and increased rates of ovarian cancer was observed as early as 1982.

The dangers associated with talcum powder have been well established for years, but Johnson & Johnson consistently failed to warn women about the potential health risks. They did not want to tarnish the reputation of its products by adding warning labels about potential health risks. By withholding this information, the company put the health and safety of thousands of women in jeopardy.

Recently, Johnson & Johnson has been found liable for damages caused by their Baby Powder® and Shower to Shower® products in court. Since February 2016, J&J has been ordered to pay more than $127 million in total damages to women and their families that were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after regularly using their talcum powder products.