Talcum Powder Cancer

Talcum powder is a widely used cosmetic product that has been in use for over a century. It is made from the mineral talc, which is composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Talcum powder is commonly used to absorb moisture and reduce friction, making it a popular choice for personal hygiene and cosmetics. However, concerns have been raised about the potential health risks associated with talcum powder use, particularly with respect to the development of cancer.

On July 12, 2018, a St. Louis City jury sent shock waves across the world, awarding 22 plaintiffs $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over claims its talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer in women who used the company’s products for years. As of Dec. 15, 2021, Johnson & Johnson faces 37,447 cases stemming from asbestos contamination of talc products. With mounting costs from more than $4 billion in settlements, verdicts and defense costs, in summer 2021.