Can Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

What is Talcum Powder?

Talc-based powders, such as Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, are made from talc which contains magnesium. The talc also contains a toxic substance that according to several investigations could cause different types of cancers, including ovarian.

Despite scientific research indicating a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, baby powder product labels do not warn consumers of the risk.

The uses of talcum powder include:

  • Feminine hygiene to help keep genitals dry and avoid smells
  • To help absorb humidity
  • Keep skin dry and free from rashes
  • Prevent skin irritation, chafing and body odors

When Was the Connection Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Discovered?

A connection between talcum powder and its use for intimate feminine hygiene and elevated ovarian cancer risk has been suspected for decades. Speculation that talcum powder may be connected to ovarian cancer dates back to the 1960s. Researchers believe that talc applied to the genitals could reach the ovaries and trigger an inflammatory response, similar to the effect asbestos has in the lungs.

According to Philip Landrigan, MD, dean for global health “Much talc contains asbestos-like fibers; and asbestos has been determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, too be definite cause of ovarian cancer.”
Despite suspicions of talcum powder possibly being linked to ovarian cancer, Johnson and Johnson never warned consumers of the potential risks.

Have There Been Talc Cancer Settlements?

St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a now-deceased Alabama woman who claimed the company’s talcum powder and other products caused her ovarian cancer. While the company has maintained their products are safe, a new study published in the journal Epidemiology suggests otherwise.The suit accused Johnson & Johnson of “negligent conduct” in making and marketing its baby powder, and the jury ruling agreed. Jurors said Johnson & Johnson committed fraud, negligence and conspiracy.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after decades of talcum powder use, you may be eligible to file a claim. To speak with an attorney about your situation call 1-800-380-8080, fill out the form on the right of this page or chat with one of our bilingual agents.

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