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Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Have you or a loved one suffered ovarian cancer and been a user of talcum powder for personal hygiene? If so, you may need the help of an attorney to protect your rights. If you have ovarian cancer - even if you are in remission - and your illness started after the continued use of talcum powder, contact an attorney at Grimes Teich Anderson today.

In May 2016, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a a South Dakota woman who said she developed ovarian cancer after using talc-base powder made by the company. This verdict was the second against Johnson & Johnson in the same state within a month. In the first case, the jury awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer. Her cancer was also blamed on the use of talc-based powder made by Johnson & Johnson.

About 1,200 lawsuits has been filed again Johnson & Johnson claiming talcum powder produced by the company increases the risk of ovarian cancer in women when used in the genital area. The suits also allege Johnson & Johnson has known about the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer since 1982.

In a 1982 article in the New York Times, Johnson & Johnson criticized the study linking the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

Dr. Daniel Cramer of Harvard University, an author of that study, estimates that over 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer per year are associated with regular exposure to talc, a major ingredient in many powder products marketed at both adults and children. At least one study shows that the use of talcum powder in the genital area can increase the ovarian cancer risk by 33 percent.

Talc, like that used in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, is a mineral combination of silicon, magnesium, oxygen, and several other elements. When regularly applied to the genital area, talcum powder can travel through the vagina and fallopian tubes to the ovaries, where concentration can cause or contribute to cancer.

Often, seemingly harmless daily products can prove dangerous to those who use them. In the United States, systems are in place to protect consumers but if companies act without transparency, people can get hurt.

If you or a loved one have suffered from or currently suffer from ovarian cancer and have at some time been a regular user of a talc-based product for personal hygiene, you may need the help of an attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson know personal injury law and can help protect your interests.

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP serves only injured victims. Let our experienced team of attorneys represent you. Our personal injury lawyers can help secure the evidence need to help you get the justice you deserve and the financial compensation to which you may be entitled to for treatment and other costs associated with your illness.

If you or a loved one have been injured because of the negligence of any company, do not attempt to handle your claim without a Grimes Teich Anderson personal injury or product liability attorney representing you. Our attorneys have the experience to protect your legal rights.


If you have ovarian cancer – even if you are in remission – and your illness began after continued use of talc-based products, contact Grimes Teich Anderson today at 800.533.6845 and ask for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney. You can also complete a free case evaluation form online.

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP has law offices located in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Gaffney, South Carolina and Asheville, Waynesville, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, and Franklin, North Carolina.

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Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney’s fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingent fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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