Is Baby Powder Safe?

You may worry about a lot of things that you put in or on your body, but baby powder probably wasn’t one of them. That is until you learned that talcum powder may be connected to ovarian cancer.

The History of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson’s first baby powder went on the market in 1894. At that time, it was made almost exclusively of talc. Talc is a soft mineral and can be ground into a soft and absorbent powder.

In the late 1800s, talcum powder was promoted as a diaper rash remedy. In the early 1900s, Johnson & Johnson began promoting the powder to women as a way to keep skin soft and dry. By the mid-1980s, more women than babies were using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The company continued to market the product to women and many women use the powder to control vaginal moisture and odor.

The Talcum Powder–Ovarian Cancer Connection

Scientific studies dating back to the early 1970s cite a connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Over the past few decades, the evidence has continued to mount. For example:

  • In 1982, the journal Cancer published a study showing a link between the use of talcum powder in the vaginal area and ovarian cancer.
  • In 1997, a medical consultant wrote an internal memo for Johnson & Johnson that cited evidence connecting the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
  • In 1999, the American Cancer Society recommended that women use only cornstarch-based powders in the vaginal area.
  • In 2006, the company that supplies talc to Johnson & Johnson and that is now known as Imerys Talc America, added a warning to their product indicating a potential link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

Despite these findings and other studies, Johnson & Johnson did not add a warning about ovarian cancer to its product.

Protect Your Recovery

Ovarian cancer is a deadly form of cancer that is often not diagnosed until it is in its late stages when treatment is difficult or impossible.

More than 1,500 cases have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America. The plaintiffs in these cases allege that these companies failed to warn consumers of the risks associated with talcum powder even though scientific studies recognized talc as a carcinogen for at least the last few decades. Several multi-million dollar verdicts have already been returned for plaintiffs who have developed ovarian cancers or their estates.

In order to recover financial damages from Johnson & Johnson or another manufacturer of talcum powder, you are going to have to prove that the talcum powder caused your cancer and that Johnson & Johnson or Imerys Talc America failed to warn you of the risk. An experienced lawyer can protect your rights and fight for the recovery that you deserve. For more information, or to schedule your free no-obligation consultation, please contact us via this website or by phone today.