Ladies, Put Down the Talcum Powder. Back Away for Everyone’s Safety.


My older sister schooled me in many a feminine approach to life. Talcum powder sprinkled on the scalp soaked up oil slicks between showers. We stuck with powdering the scalp versus the, apparently, more common practice of powdering the genitals. The scalp may be far from the ovaries but both of us ended up with ovarian cancer – she at age 35, me at age 50.

Risky for your health?

Risky for your health?

I have no idea what happens to all those babies we sprinkle daily with talcum powder.

What I now know is “One report published in 1982 by the New York Times found that Johnson & Johnson was aware that studies indicated women were three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer if they used talcum powder on their genitals.”* And yet the products continue to stay on store shelves being marketed with no warning labels.

This Can Lead to Ovarian Cancer

This Can Lead to Ovarian Cancer

In October of 2013 “a South Dakota jury has determined that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about the risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder products, but no damages were awarded in the case.”* And there still are no warning labels on these same products.


J & J has long targeted its marketing and products to women and yet they have failed again and again to protect women. An international drug shortage of doxil put ovarian cancer and AIDS patients at risk. J & J was responsible as their sole production plant in the United States was found tainted with urine and glass shards and more. Today a generic version of the drug, imported from India, is all that is available – the FDA fast tracked its approval without the usual tests but now there is evidence that the generic version is not showing significant efficacy. Thanks J & J. I would love to see them apologize, remove dangerous items still for sale and, frankly, pay for some of the anguish they cause.

A law firm is taking on the case. I have not vetted who they are or what they offer but I do share what I know.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawyers Launch New Website –

The Onder Law Firm’s baby powder cancer attorney team announces a new Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center; a resource to the public, the website provides access to no-obligation baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuit case review with an attorney.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) January 31, 2014

A nationally-renowned law firm, known for its work in product safety litigation, announces the launch of the Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center. The Onder Law Firm’s new website is a public resource on baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuits, and includes information about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, as well as answers to frequently asked questions regarding baby powder cancer claims.

Talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits gained traction of late, thanks to the conclusion of the first lawsuit for ovarian cancer from baby powder in October of 2013 (Deane Berg v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, Case No. 09-4179). The jury in this federal court case found that Deane Berg, the plaintiff, had developed ovarian cancer as a result of frequent and regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, two Johnson & Johnson products that contain talcum powder. This court win has served as a catalyst for thousands of women and families of women to step forward to file baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuits. These cases are likely to join forces in a Multi District Litigation.

Scientific studies conducted as early as the 1970s have contributed to a body of research on the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer. Most notably, a meta-analysis published in Anticancer Research in 2003 (, which reviewed and combined results of nearly a dozen previous studies, concluded that women who use talcum powder in the genital area on a weekly basis have a 33% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Talc particles may enter the female reproductive through direct dusting or through the use of feminine products dusted in baby powder. Once inside the body, talc can migrate to the ovaries. Talc particles that reach the ovaries are thought to cause an inflammatory response, yielding conditions that are friendly to the growth of cancer cells, accounting for the increase in risk of developing ovarian cancer. Yet baby powder and other talc product labels have never warned consumers of the cancer risk.

The Onder Law Firm is currently accepting inquiries from women and families of women who have suffered from ovarian cancer and have a history of using baby powder for genital hygiene. Baby powder lawyers are investigating these inquiries for possible talcum powder cancer lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. The Onder Law Firm has won major settlements for clients in the areas of drug and medical device recalls, as well as product and family safety. The firm is nationally-renowned for its work on window blind strangulation, and has notable expertise in fighting on behalf of individuals against powerful corporations. Women and family members of women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used baby powder are eligible for a free evaluation with a talcum powder attorney, and may contact the firm through its Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center website.

The Onder Law Firm also welcomes baby powder lawsuit inquiries from other law firms, either to handle these inquiries or work as co-counsel.

About The Onder Law Firm 
Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation. The Onder Law Firm’s talcum powder cancer lawyers provide information to the public at

5 responses »

  1. I had NO idea! But it’s up on my Facebook page and I’m encouraging everyone I know to read and share it. You continue to teach, lead, advocate – and I am appreciative, Marcy. Thank you, yet again. Blessings –

  2. It is really scary what people/corporations will do for money. Thanks for sharing, yet it leads me to the bigger question of “What else are we using, daily or weekly, that leads us to the same outcome?” Scary…

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