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Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer Link

by | Monday, May 16, 2016

The law firm of Wagners is presently investigating the prospects of a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of talcum Baby Powder, arising out of its alleged connection with ovarian cancer in women who use the product.

If you or a family member reside in Canada and have used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder on a regular basis and have suffered injuries related to ovarian cancer, you may wish to contact our lawyers at Wagners to discuss your situation.

In Canada, Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been available since the late 1890s and has been a staple in the homes of Canadians for well over a century.

While originally introduced for use on babies and infants, Baby Powder was also touted as a product for use by females. Johnson & Johnson, through various forms of advertising, promoted their talcum powder as an essential product for use by women in their regular feminine hygiene care.

In February 2016 a jury in Missouri awarded the estate of a woman who used the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder product, and later died from ovarian cancer, the $72 million dollars in damages. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson committed fraud, was negligent and conspired to deny any link between their product and cancer.

Several studies have been conducted over the last several decades and the results point to a link between the use of Baby Powder by women and the development of ovarian cancer.

One study, released in 1982, noted that the risk of ovarian cancer was greatly increased when women used the product in their genital region.

Another study, released in 1993, noted that talc, the main component that is contained in Baby Powder, was carcinogenic.

Over the last two decades, numerous organizations and societies have taken a proactive role to have the use of talcum powder abolished or to cause J&J to use substitute materials in its Baby Powder product. There have also been calls for strong warning labels to be introduced, recognizing the link between the development of ovarian cancer and the regular use of Baby Powder.

As recently as ten years ago, the World Health Organization, through their cancer agency, published a further study which indicated the use of talc in the perineal regions was a human carcinogen. Again, similar to the previous research conducted concerning talcum powder, the WHO study noted a significant increase in the risk of ovarian cancer in females.

Around the same time, in Canada the federal government noted in the strongest terms the high toxicity and carcinogenic nature of talc. In fact, talc has the same hazardous product designation as asbestos in Canada.

It is alarming to most Canadians to realize that a product that has been available for over 100 years and is used by many people as part of their hygienic routine has been the subject of much research, demonstrating a definite link between ovarian cancer and the use of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.

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Sam M
Sam M
16:11 19 Jan 18
Dyana was so kind to help me and respond to my query within 24h even though they do not pursue the specific class action I was looking for. She sent me few links by email. Thank you Dyana.
linda frausell
linda frausell
01:21 16 May 17
I have dealt with Wagner and Associates over the years and have received great advice,support and results . Their team is very respectful and show they care. You can trust them to take care of you and they always have your best interest in hand. I would definetly recommend them .
frank slaunwhite
frank slaunwhite
16:29 03 May 17
Ray Wagner and his legal team have been representing my niece and I for many years. They have been honest and quick to respond to all our needs in a professional manner. I highly recommend Wagners Law Firm and appreciate their caring approach. Thanks
Missy Day
Missy Day
12:03 06 Oct 16
I can't speak highly enough about the lawyers at Wagners who represented me for injuries from not one but two motor vehicle accidents. They were very professional and approachable. I was kept informed of all steps in the process and all of my inquiries were responded to and dealt with very quickly. The lawyers are knowledgeable and showed great empathy for what I was going through. I would recommend this firm to anyone!
Nicholas Gordon
Nicholas Gordon
11:30 06 Oct 16
I contacted Wagners about a motor vehicle accident. I was able to speak with someone right away. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. I received a response about pursuing a case the next day. I would highly recommend this firm.
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