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Talcum powder has been a trusted household item for decades; so trusted we used it on babies. But studies going back more than forty years have linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer. Although Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risk, it continued to market its products to women for feminine hygiene. If you have developed ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer or mesothelioma after regular applicaton of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene, you may be able to recover substantial compensation. The Driscoll Firm, P.C. can help.

Contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC at 800-900-7704 to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Talcum Powder cancer lawsuit lawyers. We will make sure you obtain the justice and financial recovery you deserve.

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit

If you or someone you love has developed ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer or mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your losses.

There are more than 13,000 lawsuits now pending against Johnson & Johnson, a number that has been growing rapidly.

Women across the country have won multimillion-dollar verdicts against Johnson & Johnson and momentum against the company is growing as more evidence comes to light that it knew about the dangers of its talcum powder products but chose not to warn consumers and even to ramp up marketing of its dangerous products.

The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Johnson & Johnson over concerns about asbestos contamination of its talc products and in December 2018, Senator Edward Markey, a member of the US Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate claims that Johnson & Johnson has known about the contamination for decades.

If you used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower on a regular basis for feminine hygiene and have developed ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or mesothelioma, the Driscoll Firm, P.C. can help you hold Johnson & Johnson accountable for the harm it has caused you.

We offer a free consultation and represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only charge for our legal services if we win money for you. Thousands of women are holding Johnson & Johnson accountable for knowingly selling a defective product that caused their cancer. You can too. To learn more, call the Driscoll Firm, P.C., at 800-900-7704 or email us today to schedule your confidential claim evaluation.

Failure to Warn

The primary basis of the lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson is “failure to warn”. Women who are suing the company for their cancer, and the loved ones who have survived those who succumbed to the disease, claim that Johnson & Johnson knew that its talcum powder products were linked to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer and that some of the talc in its products had tested positive for asbestos contamination.

Johnson & Johnson chose to hide this information rather than warning consumers of the dangers, and to continue marketing its products for feminine hygiene purposes.

To learn more about the talcum powder lawsuit, and find out if you have a case, please email or call the Driscoll Firm, P.C., at 800-900-7704 before it is too late for you to file a claim.

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Attorney John Driscoll has experience handling complex litigation and class-action lawsuits involving dangerous pharmaceutical products. His efforts have resulted in several large settlements in cases involving major pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

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Types of Cancer Caused by Talcum Powder

Ovarian Cancer

Talcum powder, more commonly referred to as baby powder, has been a trusted household staple for generations. Parents used it to prevent diaper rash on their babies and women, often starting as young girls, used it for feminine hygiene. Many still do.

Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower are still on the market, even though studies have linked perineal talcum powder use to ovarian cancer for over 40 years. Thousands of women, who have developed ovarian cancer after regular use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene, are now suing Johnson & Johnson.

If you believe that Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower caused your ovarian or fallopian tube cancer, you may be able to recover substantial compensation. The defective product attorneys of the Driscoll Firm, P.C. are here to help. Please, call us today at 800-900-7704 or email us to schedule your free consultation.

How Talc Causes Ovarian Cancer

Talc is a mineral mined from the earth and ground into a very fine powder. It is dusted on the genital area or on sanitary napkins to reduce moisture and odors. The dust can enter the vagina, pass through the cervix into the uterus, and then travel through the fallopian tubes and into the ovaries. Although talcum powder may feel silky and slippery in your fingers, the fine particles are irritating to the tissues and create an inflammatory response. Talc is not dissolved by the body, so it stays there and keeps the inflammation going. This chronic inflammation of the tissues can eventually lead to cancer.

Studies Have Linked Talc to Ovarian Cancer for More Than 40 Years

More than 20 epidemiological studies support an association between talcum powder use in the genital area and ovarian cancer. The studies go back more than 40 years.

In 1971, The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the British Commonwealth published an article titled “Talc and Carcinoma of the Ovary and Cervix” in which researchers reported finding talc deeply embedded in 75% of ovarian tumors.

In 1982, the Cramer Study found that women who used talc for feminine hygiene had a 92% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. That was the first case-control study linking genital talc use and ovarian cancer.

In 2008, a review of the prior epidemiologic studies found that genital talc use was associated with a 30% to 60% increased risk of ovarian cancer. The meta-analysis was conducted on behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Based on the results, the agency concluded that talc is a possible carcinogen.

Fallopian Tube Cancer

Primary fallopian tube cancer, also called tubal cancer, is rarely diagnosed and accounts for only one to two percent of gynecological cancer diagnoses. However, the newer thinking in medicine is that most ovarian cancer starts in the fallopian tubes.

The fallopian tubes are long, slender tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus. As with all types of cancer, the prognosis is best when it is caught early, but fallopian tube cancer is almost never found early and is often discovered by chance if the fallopian tubes are removed for some other reason.

Primary or Secondary Fallopian Tube Cancer

Fallopian tube cancer can be primary or secondary. Primary means it started in the fallopian tubes. Secondary means it started somewhere else and spread to the fallopian tubes. Although it was believed that primary fallopian tube cancer was very rare and that most fallopian tube cancer was secondary to ovarian cancer, new studies suggest that the opposite is true. It is now believed that most ovarian cancer actually starts in the fringes of the fallopian tubes and then moves to the ovaries.

If you are already riddled with cancer when you are diagnosed, it may not mean much to you to know where it started and which direction it travelled. But the knowledge is very important for ovarian cancer prevention.

It is already known that removing the fallopian tubes reduces the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Tubal ligation, surgery to close the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy, also reduces the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Talcum Powder and Fallopian Tube Cancer

When talcum powder is used for feminine hygiene purposes, it is dusted on the genital area where it can travel inside the body and through the fallopian tubes to the ovaries. And while it is believed that talc products cause ovarian cancer when the talc has deposited in the ovaries, it is also possible for talc to cause fallopian tube cancer which then metastasis, or spreads, to the ovaries and eventually to other parts of the body.

It is also important to be aware that the term “ovarian cancer” is often used as a catch-all referring to cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and/or peritoneum.

Mesothelioma

Women who have developed mesothelioma after years of using talcum powder for feminine hygiene are now suing Johnson & Johnson for selling contaminated products.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Talc is a mineral mined from the earth and is often found near tremolite, a type of asbestos. Tremolite is not used commercially, so it is not intentionally mined, but many talc mines produce talc that is contaminated with asbestos.

Johnson & Johnson claims that its talc products are not contaminated with asbestos, but internal documents, obtained and reported on by The New York Times and Reuters, reveal that the company has known otherwise for decades. Now, the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating.

Previous Mesothelioma Talc Lawsuits

On March 13, 2019, a California jury awarded $29.4 million to Terry Leavitt and her husband. Mrs. Leavitt says that using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products in the 1960’s and 1970’s caused her mesothelioma, which was diagnosed in 2017. The jury agreed. It was the first talcum powder mesothelioma case to go to trial after the articles alleging that Johnson & Johnson had been concerned about asbestos contamination were published in December of 2018.

The first verdict against Johnson & Johnson for a mesothelioma case was awarded by a New Jersey jury in April 2018. The company was ordered to pay $25.9 million to Stephen Lanzo III and his wife, for mesothelioma caused by Mr. Lanzo’s Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder use.

In May 2018, a California jury awarded $25.7 million in damages to Joanne Anderson who also developed mesothelioma as a result of using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.

There are now more than 13,000 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for cancer caused by its talcum powder products, including Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. The majority of the lawsuits are brought by women who have developed ovarian cancer as a result of using the products for feminine hygiene.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is caused, almost exclusively, by asbestos exposure so when a person develops mesothelioma, they do not need to prove that it was caused by the deadly mineral. Asbestos fibers are tiny and sharp and work their way deep into tissues. The body cannot break them down and remove them, so they stay where they are, causing irritation and inflammation that eventually lead to cancer. Mesothelioma develops in the mesothelium, which is the lining of internal organs such as the lungs and abdominal organs.

Mesothelioma takes years, often decades, to develop. A mesothelioma diagnosis can come as long as 50 years after exposure to asbestos.

Helping Talcum Powder Cancer Victims Nationwide

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