Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

Johnson’s Baby Powder, one of the most popular products containing talcum powder, may increase the risk of ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene. Thousands of lawsuits and class actions have already been filed, including one case that ended in a $72 million jury award in February 2016. Contact us now for a free, no obligation case review at 1-800-241-9779.

The baby powder cancer lawyers at Heninger Garrison Davis are reviewing claims on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum or baby powder near the genitals. Since 1971, more than 20 studies have linked talc powder to ovarian cancer and found that women using talcum powder were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer. As many as 10,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year as a result of baby powder use, says Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Cramer. Ovarian cancer is a serious disease and is expected to result in more than 14,000 deaths this year in the United States. It has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of popular talc-based powders, including Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, knew about the ovarian cancer risk since at least 1982, but failed to warn women using these products.

If you or someone you know developed ovarian cancer after using talcum or baby powder, our attorneys would like to speak with you. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the powder you used. For more information, contact us today for a free consultation.


The following companies market talcum powder and our team can investigate to determine if these brands resulted in diagnosed fallopian tube or ovarian cancer.

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Gold Bond Medicated Powder
  • Clubman Pinaud Talc
  • Shower to Shower
  • Nivea Pure Talc
  • McKesson Baby Powder

Does baby Powder Cause Cancer?

For decades, researchers have been studying the potential link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder. It is believed that talc powder, when used near the genitals, can travel to the ovaries and become embedded in the ovarian tissue. While talc is a natural mineral, it is very difficult for the body to remove the particles and, as a result, inflammation may occur and cancerous tumors may form.

The first publication to suggest that talc may cause ovarian cancer was published in 1971 in the medical journal The Lancet. In the study, researchers discovered that a majority of ovarian tumors had talc particles “deeply embedded” in them. Then, in 1982, researchers found that women using talcum powder during ovulation were at a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. During the next three decades, an additional 21 studies were performed on talc powder, and almost all of these studies found that women using these products near their genitals were at an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer.

The Talcum Powder Cancer Connection

Talc, the key ingredient in baby powder, is a naturally-occurring mineral that is found throughout the world. Talc is a soft mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. The substance is mined, crushed, dried, and milled for use in consumer products. Talc is used for a variety of household and industrial purposes ranging a food additive, an anti-caking agent, a lubricant, and an astringent. In the case of baby powder, talc is renowned for its ability to absorb moisture, reduce friction and prevent rashes. Talc-based products have been marketed to women for genital hygiene purposes as body powder and genital deodorant sprays. Talc particles may also enter the female reproductive system through tampons, sanitary pads and diaphragms that are dusted with baby powder. Talc particles that reach the ovaries can result in the growth of ovarian cancer cells. Experts estimate that roughly one in five American women applies talcum powder to her genitals on a regular basis.

The decades of research on the role of baby powder in bringing about cancer cell development indicate that women who expose their genital area regularly to talcum powder products are three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer as women who refrain from baby powder use. Research indicates that talc particles in the ovaries cause an inflammatory response, which has a range of medical implications. Among these, inflammation in the ovaries can cause increased cell proliferation and damage to DNA, which can result in the malignant transformation of cells, or ovarian cancer. Talc is poorly soluble, meaning particles from baby powder can remain intact within body tissues for many years.

Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit FAQs

Answers to the Most Common Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Questions

Who is most at risk for developing baby powder ovarian cancer?

Many studies conducted over the course of the past four decades contribute to the body of research indicating the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder use. Women who have used talc-based baby powder on a weekly basis face a 33% increase in their risk of developing ovarian cancer, and women who have used talcum powder on a daily basis are thought to face a 41% increase in risk for ovarian cancer.

How do I know I know if my ovarian cancer was caused by talcum powder?

In most cases, the doctors who provided you with ovarian cancer treatment focused on fighting the disease rather than looking for its cause. The same tissue samples and pathology reports that were used to diagnose the cancer and determine the best method of treatment can be examined now to determine whether your ovarian tissues contain talc fibers. By reviewing your medical records and sending your pathology reports to a talcum powder ovarian cancer expert, we can determine whether talc may have caused your ovarian cancer. Talc fibers can be found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes and in the pelvic lymph nodes for years after entering the female reproductive system. Talc fibers take years to disintegrate; in fact, intact fibers cause inflammation in the ovaries, which is believed to result in a higher rate of cancer. If talc fibers are present in your ovarian tissues, our researchers will detect them. Individuals who have used talcum powder or talc-based baby powder on a regular basis in the past are most likely to develop ovarian cancer.

Who can make a baby powder cancer claim or file a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit?

Women, or the family members of women, who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of using talcum powder products for perineal hygiene may have grounds to make a talcum powder cancer claim by filing a baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuit.

Is the Talcum Powder Lawsuit a Class Action?

The Talcum Powder lawsuits we are pursuing will not be handled as a “class action”. The term “class action” means a type of lawsuit where a small group of individuals represent the interest of a very large group of individuals. The small group handles the litigation on behalf of the large group, and the results obtained by the small group are binding on the large group. This is not the type of litigation we are pursuing for those injured by talcum powder. Instead, we are representing each person and family impacted individually for their specific injuries and circumstances.

Does it cost anything for you to review my case?

We will always listen to your circumstances and give you our analysis of your case without any cost or further obligation.

How much will it cost to file a baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuit?

We only charge our clients if we are able to resolve the case favorably (i.e., a settlement or verdict in the client’s favor).

We’re not the type of people who sue; do we really need to file a lawsuit?

If a member of your family suffered a serious injury or health problem as a result of a defective product or dangerous drug, long-term, or even life-long, medical care may be required. This could be incredibly expensive and since medical costs are continually rising may be largely unknown at the time of settlement or trial. If a member of your family died due to a defective product or dangerous drug, no amount of money can undo that wrong. It is our fervent hope that every defective products, drug or other medication lawsuit we file can serve to make the manufacturer take note of the loss and pain its product has caused. When that fails to make a company take action in the form of a product recall, greater warnings about its use and ultimately making safer products, we rely on their profit motivation to make them do the right thing. Unfortunately, in all too many cases it is only the fear of lawsuits and large settlements and verdicts that makes a company become a better corporate citizen.

How much time do I have to file a baby powder cancer lawsuit?

Most states have talcum powder cancer lawsuit time limits; however, the majority of all persons having been diagnosed with ovarian cancer will fall within those time limits if they contact an attorney in the near future. For specific time limits for your claim, please fill out the form at right and one of our attorneys will contact you as quickly as possible.

Have There Been Any Significant Talcum Powder Settlements?

As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving talc-based products. However, in February 2016 a jury awarded $72 million (including $62 million in punitive damages) against Johnson & Johnson for the family of Jackie Fox who died of ovarian cancer caused by regular use of talcum powder. The talcum powder lawsuits are still in the early stages of litigation. Lawsuits likes this takes many years to resolve, with teams of lawyers spending millions of dollars trying to determine exactly what occurred, and how it could have been prevented. Generally, large groups of settlements do not occur until a few cases are tried before a jury, and the manufacturer is able to understand its financial risk.

Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

If you or a family member was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has a history of using talcum powder in the perineal region, either through direct dusting or the use of tampons, sanitary pads, or diaphragms dusted in talcum powder, you may have legal grounds to file a talcum powder cancer lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit is the only way to secure compensation for medical bills, lost time at work, pain, suffering and loss that have resulted from ovarian cancer for your family. Our lawyers handle baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuits throughout the United States, and offer no-cost, no-obligation talcum powder cancer case review for persons throughout the nation who match this description. To discuss your situation in detail with an attorney and to learn about baby powder cancer lawsuit time limits in your state, please complete our online contact form. One of our attorneys handling talcum powder lawsuits will contact you promptly.