Women who use talcum power on a frequent basis for personal hygiene have a 30% higher chance of getting cancer.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Ever since Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay an eye popping $4.69 billion in damages by a Missouri court in May 2019 (later adjusted to $2.12 billion) the public has had Talcum Powder induced Ovarian cancer on their radar.
These lawsuits came in the same time as the “Me Too” movement, and for many women, they felt like Johnson & Johnson deserved a place in the ranks of accused evildoers like Harvey Weinstein. The #MeToo hashtag went viral three years ago on Oct. 15, 2017, sparking a global conversation about sexual harassment and assault. For many women the parallels between #MeToo and Johnson & Johnson are painfully similar.
A trusted company sold a product they billed as a kind of personal “sanitation,” that has alleged to have tragically resulted in Ovarian cancer and death.
The not so subtle message to women was that “down there” was a place that if not cared for by Talcum Powder would result in shame and embarassment. J&J preyed on women’s worst fears and now they are fighting back.
Black and Hispanic Women Targeted
What makes this sad saga even worse is that after Johnson & Johnson had evidence that talcum powder was harming women they re-focused their marketing on Black and Hispanic women and continued to sell the product.
Many women of color have told stories of talcum powder being a ritual handed down from mother to daughter.
This ritual of talc use was no doubt encouraged by J&J distributing samples of its baby powder to churches and salons throughout the black community. Johnson & Johnson continued this practice and targeted marketing despite the knowledge they could be putting women of color at risk. Now women are mobilizing and making their voices hear, and IPG Law Group is here to help.
FDA Issues Warning on Talc
The danger of talc in baby powder dates back to the early 1970’s and is linked to asbestos, a known carcinogen, that can be found in talc. In 2019 Johnson & Johnson prodded by the FDA, conducted a voluntary recall.
The FDA stated in October 2019:
During talc mining, if talc mining sites are not selected carefully and steps are not taken to purify the talc ore sufficiently, the talc may be contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos is a known carcinogen.
Suffered from Ovarian Cancer and Used Talcum Powder?
If you or a loved one has had Ovarian Cancer and used talc for personal hygiene you owe it to yourself to act. Learn your rights, and get the help you need. IPG Law Group specializes in advocacy for the under-served and exploited, and we will stand with you in this fight.