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Talcum powder (talc) is best known as an ingredient in baby powder. It is also an ingredient in thousands of cosmetics, feminine hygiene products, contraceptives (condoms and diaphragms), deodorants, anti-chafing products and more.

Talcum is a silicate mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon, and dioxide. In its natural form, talcum also contains asbestos, a known human carcinogen. However, all consumer talcum products became asbestos-free in 1973.

Some of the most popular talcum powder products

Johnson's Baby Powder
Shower-to-Shower (Johnson & Johnson)
Cashmere Bouquet (Colgate-Palmolive)

Johnson's Baby Powder, one of the most popular products containing talcum powder, may increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer if she uses it regularly in the genital area. In few cases, the cancer tissue was studied using an electron microscope, and was found to have talc in the tissue, which supported the claim that the cancer was caused by the body powder.

Since 2014, Talcum powder, marketed by Johnson & Johnson has been hit with more than 1200 lawsuit as the company failed to warn about the potential risk of ovarian cancer in women who use baby powder daily in the genital areas for feminine hygiene. Most of the lawsuits have been filed in New Jersey, where J&J is headquartered, or in state court in St. Louis, MO, considered a favorable venue for plaintiffs.

The first trials are scheduled for early 2016. In one such case filed in St. Louis jury found J&J knew about the link between talc-based products and cancer for decades and failed to warn the public. They found the company liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy. The jury ordered J&J to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages. This is the first verdict to award damages in a talcum powder case.

Evidence to be looked for in potential cases

  • Duration of Talcum powder usage.
  • Diagnosis of ovarian cancer from Medical Records.
  • Treatment provided for ovarian cancer.

Medical Record Review and claim validation of Talcum case should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.

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