Talcum Powder Linked to reproductive cancer

Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder (made with talcum powder) has been linked to ovarian cancer and other illnesses when used for feminine hygiene purposes. If you or a loved one used talcum powder for feminine hygiene and developed a serious reproductive illness, contact us to find out if you have a legal case.

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does talcum powder cause cancer?

Talcum powder was first formulated and sold as Johnson’s ® baby powder in 1894. The formula included talc, a naturally occurring mineral that is mined near and sometimes contaminated with the carcinogen asbestos. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has faced over 38,000 lawsuits claiming its talc-based baby powder has caused women to develop ovarian cancer. Additional talcum powder lawsuits claim users have developed lung cancer and mesothelioma. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies talc that contains asbestos as a group 1 agent (carcinogenic to humans). Talc use for feminine hygiene is classified as a possible carcinogen.

Did Johnson & Johnson know about asbestos in its baby powder?

A 2018 Reuters investigation revealed Johnson & Johnson was aware for decades that tests showed its talc products were sometimes contaminated with asbestos. The company concealed this information from both regulators and the public.


In May 2020, Johnson & Johnson ceased all North American sales of its talc-based baby powder after facing thousands of baby powder lawsuits. The talcum powder lawsuits were filed by patients who claim the talcum powder was contaminated with asbestos, which caused them to develop baby powder cancer.

What are the long-term effects of asbestos-contaminated Talcum powder?

Asbestos refers to a group of minerals naturally found in rocks and soil, sometimes near where talc is mined, which can lead to cross-contamination of talc. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports a possible association between the use of talc-based baby powders in the genital area and the incidence of ovarian cancer has been cited in scientific literature as far back as the 1960s. The FDA says this requires further studies.

The IARC, part of the World Health Organization, classifies asbestos as carcinogenic to humans, based on its carcinogenic properties to cause cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovaries.

What is the baby powder lawsuit about?

Thousands of baby powder lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and other companies. The lawsuits were filed by patients with cancer who claim baby powder was tainted with asbestos, causing cancer and other health issues.


In 2021, Johnson & Johnson created LTL Management LLC, a spinoff company under Texas’s divisive merger/Texas Two-Step bankruptcy laws, which allow a company to split into two companies. Liabilities and limited assets for tort victims are held in one company, which immediately files for bankruptcy.


In January 2023, an appeals court dismissed the bankruptcy filing, ruling that J&J had improperly placed its subsidiary into bankruptcy. This ruling revised the 38,000 cases faced by Johnson & Johnson that allege its talc-based powder caused plaintiffs to develop cancer.

What companies make baby powder?

Johnson & Johnson is #1 seller of baby powder in the world. The company also manufactured Shower to Shower, now owned by Valean Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Additional manufacturers of talcum powder include Colgate-Palmolive (Cashmere Bouquet).

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