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Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay over $4 billion to Talcum Powder users

The talcum powder lawsuit claims the manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, failed to warn users of talc of the increased risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma when women use these products for personal hygiene.

According to the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, frequent talcum powder use can the risk of cancer between 30–60%. The more often a woman uses it, the more likely she will experience cancer. Talcum powder also has been associated with respiratory issues, including mesothelioma. This is caused by the powder becoming airborne during normal application. Prior to the 1970s, and even today, some talcum products contain asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral and known carcinogen. Additionally, researchers have noted that talc has a chemical similarity to asbestos. Like asbestos, talc is a silicate mineral, having a crystalline structure. When ingested, these minerals have been known to cause irritation, leading to the chronic inflammation that can lead to the formation of cancerous tumors.

The talcum powder lawsuits claim the manufacturers of talcum powder have known for more than 40 years there is a link between using the product and ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Yet, these companies intentionally made the decision not to warn women that the powder could cause cancer after being applied for personal hygiene, and especially after use on the genital area or on sanitary napkins or condoms.

The main talc products used for personal hygiene are:

  • Johnson's Baby Powder by Johnson & Johnson
  • Shower to Shower by Valeant Pharmaceuticals
  • Magic Baby Powder

Talcum Powder users have filed lawsuits after developing mesothelioma due to inhalation of the talcum powder as some talcum powders may contain asbestos. Users have also filed lawsuits after developing ovarian cancer having used the powder for personal hygiene. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after using talc-based powders, you may be eligible for compensation.

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