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Lawsuit blames Johnson & Johnson’s talc products for ovarian cancer

powder 3 435x326 Lawsuit blames Johnson & Johnsons talc products for ovarian cancerLynne Ceulske says she would never have used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products every day for many years for personal hygiene had she known the talc could cause her to develop ovarian cancer. She has filed a lawsuit against the consumer health care giant, as well as Imerys Talc American and Personal Care Products Council, alleging the companies’ failure to warn and negligence.

Lynne claims she had been using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower in her genital area every day since 1992. On May 14, 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, one of the more deadly cancers because diagnosis is difficult until the disease has progressed.

Lynne’s lawsuit claims that as early as 1971, studies linked talcum powder to cancer. A subsequent study in 1982 found a 92 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who used talc-containing powders for personal hygiene. The study’s warned a Johnson & Johnson representative of this risk and recommended the company put a warning on the product’s label. However, the company allegedly refused to do so.

Talc is made up of several minerals. When ground down to a fine powder and used on the genitals, the powder can travel up the uterus, through the fallopian tubes and to the ovaries where it can trigger cancerous growth, researchers say.

Lynne’s is just one of hundreds of lawsuits that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and other talc manufacturers by women who claim their ovarian cancer was caused by regular use of talc-containing products in the genital area.

Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record